At last, we are on the brink of spring! For most of us in Rochester and Western New York, we can quickly forget the snow and enjoy the warmer spring weather. But before you rev up the lawn mower, take a look around your yard. Chances are, it needs a good Spring Cleaning!
Spring cleaning involves more than opening the windows and giving the house a good scrub. Don’t forget about your landscape! Start by taking a walk around your yard to check for signs of winter damage. Be on the lookout for these things in particular as they are common in our region:
Broken Tree Branches
We had some pretty severe wind this winter. It’s no surprise that many trees in the Greater Rochester Area have broken limbs as a result. Don’t worry, though. Some simple pruning is most likely all your tree needs. This will promote growth of the tree by diverting nutrients to healthy branches. Don’t forget to pick up broken limbs, branches, and twigs from your lawn before you mow!
Snow Plow and Shovel Damage
Snowfall this winter – and spring – has kept plows and shovels busy all season long. Check your yard for loose soil, uprooted grass, and tire tracks near the road, driveway, and sidewalk. Return any chunks of sod to their original location and step on them to help put them back into place. If there is more severe damage such as large gouges or deep tire tracks, add some topsoil and reseed the maimed area once the weather is warm enough. It will look great in just a few weeks!
Most folks wouldn’t know they had moles in their yard if it weren’t for the tunnels they leave behind. These raised tunnels are unsightly and can zigzag throughout a whole lawn. The easiest way to exile the moles is by crushing their tunnels. Put on a pair of boots and stomp around your yard tramping down the tunnels. Not only will you get some fresh air, you’ll also be deterring the moles from sticking around any longer. Wait a few days and take another look; if the tunnels are still flat, the moles have moved on. If new tunnels have been dug, you may have to consider trapping as your next solution. Visit your local home and garden store as they should have traps available for situations such as these.
Once the snow melts, take a look around your yard. If areas of your turf are matted and yellow-green, you probably have a snow mold infection. This yellow-green turf eventually turns grayish-white, and a white band often surrounds the infected area. Luckily, snow mold is easy to treat. Start by loosening the matted grass with a basic leaf rake. Try not to dig into the soil. With warmer temperatures and rain showers, the turf should recover in a few weeks. If an improvement is not seen, reseeding the infected areas may be necessary.
Make sure to give your yard a thorough cleaning this spring. Keep an eye out for each of these problems as the snow continues to melt. Whether you have one or all four, they are all very treatable with a little elbow grease!