Start winter cleanup of
the lawn when the grass is no longer sopping wet and
planting beds stop being a sea of mud. Rake your lawn
to get rid of dead growth, stray leaves, twigs and winter
debris and let light and air to the soil level, encouraging
the grass to grow.
Re-seed bare or damaged
patches of lawn. Scratch up the soil with
a rake first. Mix a shovel of soil with a couple of
scoops of grass seed and spread in the patch you're
fixing. Rake level and keep well-watered until seeds
germinate and the new grass establishes.
Remove tree guards or burlap
winter protection from any young trees or shrubs. Try
not to leave tree guards in place over the summer.
They keep rabbits and mice from nibbling on tender
bark over the winter, but trees don't need them in
summer. They don't allow enough air movement around
the base of the trunk and that can promote rot of the
Transplant any existing
shrubs you want to move before they begin
to leaf out.