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Spring Flower Bed, Lawn, and Tree Clean Up
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​Spring cleaning isn't just for the interior of your home. Follow these tips for a lawn and garden that will be ready for summer fun!

Source: GreenStone Farm Credit Services

Spring Flower Bed, Lawn, and Tree Clean Up

With the hard winter and ice storm we had in December, your lawn, trees and flower beds will need extra care this spring. Tree limbs, branches and twigs that were damaged and fell due to the ice storm should be removed from your lawn and flower beds. 

Shrub or tree branches with visible damage should be pruned back to live growth. Use a handsaw for those one half- inch or larger in diameter, and a chainsaw for large limbs. 
Shaping your shrubs with hand pruning shears will prevent a thick outer layer of growth that prohibits sunlight and air from reaching the shrub's center. Trim overgrown evergreens back to the branch in areas you want to grow.

Prune your flowering perennials to 4–5 inches and ornamental grasses to 2–3 inches to allow new growth. Dig up your perennials, like daylilies and hostas, divide them, leaving at least three stems per clump, and transplant extras to fill in sparse areas. 
Rake fallen leaves and dead foliage from flower beds (they can smother plants and foster disease). Remove annual plants from beds and discard them. Spreading pelletized fertilizer on the soil's surface so that spring rains can carry it to the roots will help maximize bloom time and feed growth. 

Repair areas of your lawn damaged by salt, plowing or disease for new seeding. Work in a one-half inch layer of compost to keep the new seed moist, increasing the germination rate. 

If you plan to use your chain saw, check the tension of your cutting chain. A chain that is too tight can bind, overheat and wear out the bar. If it is too loose, it can come off of the bar. The chain could also be dull.  If you get sawdust rather than wood chips, crooked cuts or you have to press down hard to cut, you should sharpen the chain. 

Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your saw, using the specified round file and file guide for your chain. You should also check and file your chain's depth gauges. Again, follow the manufacturer's instructions for your saw. Put fresh gas and chain oil in your saw and replace the spark plug.