A Spring Clean Up Guide for Your Landscape

As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, spring is on the way. March and April are the perfect time to start your spring clean up process for your yard. This is an important part of maintaining your landscape’s health and increasing the aesthetics and curb appeal of your property.  

Our guide offers a complete list of spring-cleaning tasks to help prepare your outdoor space for the growing season. If you haven’t started this year’s yard cleanup, we’ve got you covered.   

Why Is Spring Cleaning Important for Your Yard?

During the winter months, your lawn experiences harsh conditions due to snow or sod damage from cold conditions. Furthermore, a build-up of debris and dirt can affect your lawn once the dormancy period is over. As the season transitions, not removing debris can hinder the healthy growth of your lawn. 

Regardless of yard size, plant beds, or other foliage, basic yard clean up is a must.  

Preparing for Your Tools

Every yard is unique with its own tasks to address when entering a new season. 

Before beginning, you need to prepare your equipment. This includes the cutting tools, rake, shovel, etc. Other tasks include: 

  • Lubricate moving parts 
  • Replace filters 
  • Sharpen blades of tools 
  • Check power cords  

Preparation is key before beginning to work in your outdoor space. 

Tasks for Your Spring Clean Up

Raking and Dethatching

As the winter frost begins to melt, raking the thawed ground removes the organic matter atop your lawn. This can include dead or matted grass, leaves, or snow mold accumulating over the winter months.  

For homeowners with heavier build-up, consider professionally dethatching your lawn. Dethatching is another form of raking except it is more powerful and targets deep into the lawn surface. By removing excess thatch (a combination of debris or dead grass between the grass and soil), the grass receives more air, nutrients, and water.

Debris Removal

Removing debris from your lawn before the peak of the spring season promotes healthy sunlight exposure and growth. Too many dead leaves, twigs, and other matter block nutrients from entering the soil. Not only will your lawn look clean and well-kept, but you also eliminate the possibility of fungal diseases and pests.  

Flower Bed Maintenance

Before the blooming season approaches, your flowers need the right environment to regrow. Clearing out dead perennials and other foliage makes way for new growth and prevents root rot. Plus, flower bed maintenance is a great way to declutter the area before making plans to prepare for planting. 



Applying Hardwood Mulch

Mulch significantly contributes to enhancing soil quality while fostering aesthetic appeal for your entire landscape. 

As the warmer temperatures approach, consider mulching the area underneath trees or in garden beds. By doing so, this regulates soil temperature, retains moisture, and prevents weeds.  

At Benson Enterprises, we recognize the crucial role that mulch plays in both enhancing the beauty and supporting the well-being of your garden and landscaped spaces. We offer premium mulch service throughout the seasons ensuring your landscape looks its best.  

Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Regardless of location, proper pruning practices are essential to generating new growth for trees and shrubs. Due to colder climates in Rochester, the best time to prune is during the dormant season and early spring. Since the plants have not grown back yet, the process of removing dead or diseased branches gives the foliage more time to heal from pruning cuts—especially for plants pruned during dormancy.  

Removing dead, diseased, or heavy foliage, helps stimulate healthy growth by strengthening the structural integrity of the plant. The early growing season for certain plants and trees is the optimal timing for spring pruning.  

As we part ways with the winter season, referring to our dormant pruning blog helps outline professional pruning tips to follow. This way, you can avoid trimming off too much of the branch and adding further damage to the tree. Nonetheless, we offer a specialized pruning service to guarantee expert assistance.  

Regular pruning stands as an essential practice in preserving an attractive and practical landscape. 

Why Choose Benson Enterprises?

If you live in the Rochester area, Benson Enterprises has all of your spring cleanup needs covered. From lawn maintenance to property enhancements, our mission is to provide the highest level of customer service and quality execution for our clients. 

We’re the professionals who take care of it all. 


In summary, the overarching goal of spring cleaning is to unlock the full potential of your outdoor spaces through a range of landscaping tasks. Whether it’s rejuvenating your lawn or ensuring the health of your turf, cleaning your yard in the wake of spring offers several benefits.  

Committed to excellence, we will transform your landscape in the way that best suits your needs. Entrust your outdoor maintenance to Benson Enterprises and witness the transformation of your property for the spring season! 

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