It’s spring, and the blossoms are blooming on the cherry tree and drifting across the yard. In the fall, the autumn leaves move down onto the grass where the children play. While these spring and fall scenes might seem romantic, there’s an undertone of work as well. Raking and blowing and cleaning up are all part of your seasonal yard work. How can you enjoy your garden without as much fuss?
1. Plan When You Plant
When you’re planting, plan for future maintenance as well as for seasonal color. If raking leaves isn’t something you enjoy, add perennial evergreen shrubs such as camellia to your garden. If you’d prefer to avoid cleaning up blossoms, choose shrubs and trees with smaller blossoms and avoid cherry trees, magnolias, and other plants with prolific flowers. If you love the look of autumn leaves and spring blossoms but you don’t like the mess, add similar plants that drop their leaves or blossoms at the same time so that you’re not raking all spring and fall.
2. Grow Your Own Mulch
Leave mulch is actually a very beneficial part of a garden ecosystem, and fall’s leaves can protect your plants during the winter, building soil in the garden to get ready for spring. If you don’t enjoy raking and bagging autumn leaves, you can keep deciduous trees small and let the leaves fall and stay at the base of the tree, adding mulch to the garden.
3. Prune and Prune Again
When you’re trying to manage fallen branches, leaves, and flowers, consider pruning your plants or hiring someone to prune them to the size you’d like to manage in your garden. Choose plants with dwarf characteristics or fruit trees on dwarf rootstock so that you reap the enjoyment from your trees and shrubs without the size.
4. An Ounce of Prevention
When you’re thinking of fall cleanup, do you think about the ground or the gutters? Don’t forget that blossoms and leaves fall everywhere, and they can easily obstruct your gutters, just in time for spring or fall storms. Make sure that your gutters are clear and that you don’t need to get up on a ladder to clean them with a gutter installation such as a gutter cover. These covers prevent debris from moving into your gutters and ensure that water will continue to flow smoothly.
5. Make Cleanup Simpler
When you’re trying to clean up leaves and blossoms, make it easier on yourself. Of course, you can hire people to do the job, but if you’re doing it yourself make things simpler by raking leaves onto a tarp to shift them where you need them to go. You can also purchase baggers that allow you to slide the leaves easily into a bag.
When you’re trying to keep your garden beautiful, invest in low-maintenance shrubs and trees and add elements that make your cleanup simpler. Contact Harry Helmet today to see how we can help make yard maintenance easier for your family this year.