Topdressing and Spring Cleaning
Steps to take to prepare your property for another growing season you should use the following topdressing and spring cleaning steps Our editorial staff got together with our affiliate topdressing professional and topdresser manufacturer to discuss the steps to undertake now that the snow has slowly gone away in most parts of our readership here in the USA and Central and Southern Europe.
The topdressing professionals and topdresser manufacturers suggested once the plant growth shows the first green color to reappear you should undertake the following topdressing and spring cleaning steps:
Major Spring Clean Up of your yard and garden:
- Remove or Cut all dead, dry and grey of last year's perennials growth
- Clean up bushes, woody plants, shrubs and vines and remove broken limbs and frost originated debris
- Shrubs need a little cutting and light trimming every spring to remove dead or cross over branches.
- Planter/garden beds you winterized with last falls leaves need your attention now. You must collect all leaves you collected last fall and used as winter mulch before the spring temperatures rise. You can place them on a fresh compost pile. Not fully decomposed leaves, even shredded once are the composting material that takes the longest to totally decompose. If you leave leaves left over from your winterizing mulch around the young plants just surfacing, they will rot during the upcoming hotter seasons. The reason or the impending rot is that the digesting process by the natural aerobic and anaerobic process of microorganisms and worms feeding off them, can take about 18 months
The Natural and Organic Spring Feeding
- The natural source to feed your plant material new and old the organic way is well decomposed compost. This source of plant feed will stimulate excellent growth potential, increased the amount blossoms and promote higher resistant plants during the temperatures variations in summer heat.
The compost pile.
- According our on board topdressing specialists: you have to make sure your compost has totally completed its digestive cycle. If you apply composting or humus before it total decomposition around your just burgeoning, delicate new plant growth you risk the plant to turn to compost before it's time.
In using compost as part of your topdressing and spring cleaning steps, there will be No need to purchase chemically coded (for slow release purpose) fertiliser/fertilizer. Nature releases the nutrition slowly as the plant needs it and it's free.
The application of 1/8 to 1/4 layer of compost as a source topdressing material to beds and turf is natural lawn care fertilizer. Emerging perennials should not be covered with the topdressing material.
Topdressing applications steps to your lawn in spring should include the removal of all debris, trash, waste and non decomposed whole leaves from the prior fall.
In case you need to apply a rake do it gently, as you either disturb or even remove new lawn growth. In spring only apply the topdressing material thinly. Leveling lawns is not recommended in spring. The main reason for spring cleaning and topdressing in he early part of the growing season is to provide nutrition to the young turf grass and relief compaction affecting root growth. Overseeding of small areas is ok, but ensures that you keep the new growth well covered with straw or fabric. Springtime is not the ideal time fro proper grass growth.
Edging between your beds/planters and grass areas is best done now too. The ground is soft which makes edging a piece of cake. We hope you follow our few tips and topdressing and spring cleaning will help you to have a nice yard for many months of the growing season to come.