Spring Clean-Up for the Yard

I am hearing birds out my window every morning now, and even seeing a sunny day here and there! Time to start opening the windows, cleaning out the cobwebs and get outside in the yard again. Spring has arrived, and if you want your yard to be a stunning specimen of  the Oregon outdoors, follow our checklist for spring clean-up of the yard.


Spring Clean-Up Checklist

  1. Trim back ornamental grasses and perennials
  2. Shape shrubs (if not done in the fall)
  3. Thin out over crowded flower beds
  4. Tackle weeds before they go to seed
  5. New or replacement bark or compost
  6. Lawn aeration (if needed)
  7. Over-seeding of lawn
  8. Spring fertilization
  9. Spring tune up of irrigation system
  10. Clean-up around all hardscapes

Tips for Spring Pruning and Trimming

  • For trees or shrubs, where branches have been damaged by cold, snow, and wind, prune back to live stems.  For anything larger than 1/2″ in diameter use a handsaw. 
  • Shape hedges with hand pruners instead of electric shears. Hand pruners help prevent a thick outer layer of growth that prohibits sunlight and air from reaching the shrub’s center.
  • Prune flowering perennials to a height of 4–5 inches.
  • Prune ornamental grasses to 2–3 inches to allow new growth to shoot up.

Tips for Thinning Flower Beds

  • Depending on your elevation, pay attention to the soil temperature. When it has thawed, dig up perennials. To thin out crowded beds; divide perennials leaving at least three stems per clump, and transplant them to fill in other sparse areas.


Tips for Cleaning Up Hardscapes

  • Remove algae, leaf stains, and unwanted moss using a pressure washer. 
  • Rake escaped gravel back into aggregate walkways and patios. Order more gravel to spread in large gaps, which usually form near the driveway’s apron.
  • Refill the joints between flagstones by sweeping in new sand or stone dust. Spray it down with a hose to set it, then repeat until you get the look you want.

How To Figure Out if Lawn Aeration is Needed

Not sure if your yard is in need of lawn aeration? Lawns need aeration when the soil becomes too compacted. To determine if your lawn is compacted, use a shovel to dig a square-foot section of grass about six inches deep. If the grass roots do not extend further than two inches deep into the soil, your lawn would benefit from aeration.

Have bigger issues than just lawn aeration? All Oregon Landscaping can help. We help homeowners and business owners all over Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Oregon City, Sherwood,  Wilsonville, Happy Valley, and the West Hills convert their yards into the yard or garden they have always imagined. Read about the dream yard we created for a Lake Oswego family in Lake Oswego Landscape Design by Elida Rivera. Or you can hear from other satisfied customers on our Customer Testimonials page.


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