While most businesses are busy prepping their grounds for winter, many don’t realize that now is the perfect time to start planning for spring. Below are the three main areas commercial properties should be thinking about after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season passes.
Grounds Maintenance - Spring Cleanup
1. Spring inspection of any cold/snow damage on plants. If there are any plant beds that need to be cleaned out. Taking a look at hardscaping elements like fences, benches or walls that may have rotted or bowed. Also check for any animal burrows from rabbits, skunks, etc.
2. Address any of the hardscaping issues first like leveling out any stepping stones, cleaning out gutters, fixing fences, damages to retaining walls, etc.
3. Pick up leaves, twigs, and other debris that have complied over winter months. Make sure that your garden beds got a thorough cleanup and don’t have any matted down leaves or fallen branches in them.
4. It’s also a good time to clean out ponds or water features that may have debris. Start by skimming any surface floaters. Clean using a vacuum to get the floor of the pond. Add any appropriate cleaning supplements to help with bacteria and break down any lingering waste. Remove algae to improve quality of the water and increase the buildup of sludge. Finally, optimize water filtration so that it is performing at its best and reduce future maintenance!
Grounds Maintenance - Spring Weed Control
2. Pre-Emergent herbicide is a preventative weed control that is applied in the spring season. The benefit of applying this chemical is that it prevents seeds from germinating and weeds from growing. Keep a close eye on the soil temperature, because it will have no effect on weeds if they have begun growing.