Spring Yard Cleanup
Prepare Your Lawn For Summertime Gatherings With A Springtime Tune-Up
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As the snow melts and yards are once again uncovered for all to see, homeowners also see what the winter has wrought upon their yards. Downed trees, puddles the size of Lake Michigan, and everything else the snow hid from sight is now an eyesore for the scrutinizing citizen. If you're considering hiring a landscaping crew to perform spring lawn maintenance, continue reading to find out what to expect from this service as well as the associated costs.
What to Expect from a Spring Cleanup Service
One of the chief reasons a spring cleanup is necessary is due to snowfall wreaking havoc on lawns and surrounding areas. If you happen to live in an area of the country with mild winters and little to no snowfall, there are still benefits to a spring cleanup. Services available include:
- Removal of Debris: Strong winds, rain and heavy snowfall can bring down tree limbs or even whole trees. Objects from neighboring properties may wind up in your yard and covered by snow unbeknownst to all but the most vigilant homeowner. Landscaping professionals quickly and easily remedy this situation.
- Repair Snow Mold: Snow lingering on grass often becomes infected with mold - which can be devastating for lawns. Landscapers recommend an early season mowing and a light raking of the entire yard to promote aeration and remove any affected grass.
- Water Issues: Professionals will remove any standing water on the property as well as repair any parts of a yard damaged by water. Depending on the extent of the damage, this may simply require an aeration - or for serious damage, removal of grass and installation of new sod.
- Tree and Plant Pruning: As soon as the weather warms to a comfortable level for plants, they should be uncovered (covering should take place during a fall cleanup) and any dead or dying limbs trimmed to promote new growth.
- Plant Bed Maintenance: Winter can wreak havoc on decorative plant and mulch beds as well as bed borders. Professional landscape companies will survey areas and determine if any cleanup or maintenance is needed.
- Grass Seeding: Once all the snow has melted, a complete survey of the entire lawn surface should be performed. Any thin spots or areas lacking grass should be seeded immediately.
- Applying Fertilizer, Crabgrass and Weed Killer: As soon as the temperature is high enough to support plant growth, weeds and crabgrass begin their assault on your lawn. The spreading of lush lawn fertilizer coupled with products designed to halt the spread of them will ensure your lawn will be at its best come summertime.
Spring Lawn Cleanup Costs
Factors affecting costs include location (the following prices are based on national averages), the size of the yard, amount of work needed (small jobs incur higher up-front costs), and the company chosen to perform the work. Compare quotes you receive closely to assure you are getting what you pay for.
- Spring lawn cleanups of a 1/3 to 1/2 acre lawn typically cost $200 to $500, not including extreme circumstances such as large tree removals or excessive water damage. Larger lawns of 1+ acres can easily exceed $1,000.
- Removing a small lake or a large fallen tree from a property can easily double the total cleanup cost. Often times, however, companies will pro-rate a tree removal for rights to the wood (if of burnable quality).
- Professional landscapers charge $30 to $50 per person, per hour. An average crew consisting of 3 men will cost $90 to $150 per hour.
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