Don’t panic, but if the first robin has shown up at your HOA, he’s trying to tell you something.
1. You need more worms.
2. It’s time for spring landscaping services.
Winter has a way of making things a mess, and that’s not the look you want for your impressive HOA property.
Curb appeal is crucial, both to keep current residents happy and to attract new residents.
That ratty mulch, those messy beds, the lawns littered with debris — yuck. It’s not a good look.
Here’s your essential checklist for spring landscaping services for HOAs:
1. Pruning and Cut Back
Those beautiful perennials that make your HOA look great need some help in the spring to keep looking their best.
Spring is time for pruning and cutting back of perennials, perennial grasses, Knock Out roses and any plants, like spirea, where flowers grow on new wood. It’s part of must-do spring landscaping services in DC, MD, and VA.
This essential task allows proper air flow and sunlight for healthy plants.
A bit of structural tree pruning might be done now, too, to allow air and sun to penetrate the crowns of flowering trees.
Edging makes your plant beds look neat and tidy — a hallmark of spring landscaping services for community associations.
Crews create a 2.5 inch, 90-degree edge around all plant beds. They also clean up any leaf litter and debris from beds that could harbor diseases or insect eggs.
Everybody loves fresh mulch. If you’re having a bad day, then come home to find brand new beds of rich brown mulch, things are suddenly looking up.
Mulch is the finishing touch that makes an HOA’s spring landscaping really pop.
Crews use color-enhanced dark brown bark mulch. It holds its color much longer without fading. This quality mulch often still looks great by fall, so you may not need another delivery in the fall. (Every HOA board loves good budget news, right?)
Our crews make sure the mulch isn’t piled too high around the base of trees and shrubs. Too much mulch can cause rot, inviting insects and disease.
4. Fertilizing and Weed Control
Spring is time to give hungry plants and shrubs a good feeding, along with pre-emergent herbicide to ward off annual weeds.
This gets your lawn off to a good healthy start — it has a long season ahead to help make your HOA appealing.
March 1 is when Maryland allows lawn fertilizing to begin.
Our crews start applying fertilizer and pre-emergent weed killer, as well as post-emergent herbicide to attack any broadleaf weeds lurking in your lawn. This is the time for crabgrass prevention, too, a key part of spring landscaping services in DC, MD, and VA.
5. Lawn Cleanup
Messy lawns make your whole HOA property look unsightly and neglected.
Crews rake any old leaves leftover from fall into the lawn and go over them with a mulching mower. That breaks them down into nutritious bits beneficial to your turf.
The ravages of winter snow, ice, and wind cause lots of smaller branches to crack and fall, littering your lawn with debris that needs to be cleaned up.
6. And a Bonus: Inspecting the Property
Winter is tough on landscaping. And HOA residents appreciate attention to detail.
That’s why your contract might not include property inspection, but we do.
Our crews look out for any problems on your HOA property and bring them to the property manager’s attention.
They might not even be related to the landscaping, but we consider ourselves your eyes on the property.
A bent sign here, a hole there? We let your property manager know.
Why HOA Spring Landscaping Services Matter
Of course, HOA residents love the tidy, clean look spring landscaping services add to that all-important curb appeal.
But spring tasks are done for the health of your landscaping, too.
Perennials need trimming so they’ll rejuvenate for spring. Ignore red twig dogwood and it will get woody and lose its signature red color.
Mulch keeps weeds down and conserves moisture for the hot summer months ahead.
Your turf can’t thrive if it’s clogged with soggy leaves and a blanket of fallen twigs.
Spring Enhancements: A Boost to Your HOA Landscaping Services
Some enhancements just go hand in hand with spring.
Consider these timely tasks to keep your HOA ahead of the competition:
Replace any plants, shrubs, or trees that have died. April and May are great for planting.
- Remove any aging plants that have grown out of control or that block windows or signage. This is a good time of year to replace them.
- Repair or replace any areas of turf damaged by plows or salt. Snow removal can take a toll on grass. Patches of salt-damaged turf near sidewalks and driveways may need to be replaced.
- Those perky pansies and violas planted in the fall likely need some attention. Some deadheading and new mulch might do the trick. But after a rough winter, they might need replacing, so your HOA property has spots of cheerful color in April and May. It’s too soon to plant summer annuals, but these cold-hardy beauties will bridge the gap.
- This is the last chance for dormant pruning of trees before they spring to life and it’s too late.
Ready for HOA Spring Landscaping Services? Trust Level Green
When we partner with an HOA, we know we don’t just have one customer — we have 150 or more.
We know you’re watching. That’s why we’re on top of your vital spring services to keep your HOA property looking tidy, neat, and healthy.
When that first robin shows up, you’ll be ready.
If you’re not already a Level Green Landscaping client, we’d love to add you to our growing list of happy customers. Our focus is on commercial properties like offices, mixed-use sites, HOAs, municipalities and institutions in Maryland, Washington DC and parts of Virginia.
Contact us at 202-544-0968. You can also request a free consultation online to meet with us one-on-one.
We’d love to hear from you.