The long, harsh Chicago winter is over and spring is officially here! Now is a great time to walk around your outdoor space and see how your trees, shrubs, perennials and lawn are doing. Outdoor spaces will benefit from a good spring cleanup now. This preventive maintenance will bring big rewards all summer and into the fall.
Because of the unusually rough weather we had this winter, we’re hearing from customers about damage to landscape materials. Some of the most common questions relate to:
Winter burn, especially on evergreens such as trees and bushes: You may see brown branches on evergreens, and more prominently on the outer edges. This is common winter burn. Resist the urge to prune away these brown branches now. They may simply fall off naturally in the next few months, revealing new growth. Pruning now will only inhibit that new growth. You may apply a small amount of fertilizer now, which will encourage the new growth. The best thing to do is wait until June, and then take another look. If the branches are still brown, pruning will be your best solution. And of course, don’t forget to water! Read more about the affects of this year’s harsh winter in this Chicago Tribune article.
Salt damage: Applying salt to our sidewalks and driveways was a safety necessity this past winter. Many cities and villages in our area reported that they depleted their salt supplies long before the winter ended. All of this salt can result in damaged plants and lawns in the spring. The best way to counteract salt damage is to apply water and organic materials to the affected plants. Next, a layer of mulch will help retain the water and nutrients, protecting plants from further damage.
You may also see plants damaged by high winds, animals, and cold temperatures. Before simply removing these plants, wait a few more months and see if they recover. In the meantime, a good spring clean-up will help your yard by stimulating growth. Cleaning out dead leaves from flower beds and around shrubs, raking the lawn to remove dead grass, and clearing away fallen branches will rejuvenate your yard’s appearance.
Important additions to the yard are mulch and water. Applying protective layers of mulch, and keeping up with watering, will give plants and trees the right start to the growing season. O’Donovan Landscaping applies mulch and cuts a spade edge around your garden beds and lawn to provide protection and a neat appearance to your outdoor space. Call us to schedule an appointment for spring clean-up.
For over 45 years, O’Donovan and Sons Landscaping has been designing, installing and maintaining residential landscapes in Naperville and surrounding areas. We can help you design and install your new outdoor living spaces. Contact O’Donovan Landscaping at 630-355-3370 to schedule an appointment!