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Spring Cleanup at Winterberry


A week ago I was 24 hours into snow removal of an 18-inch snow storm that accumulated quickly accompanied by thunder and lightning which was really amazing to see.  Today it’s 65 degrees, my long sleeves are rolled up past my elbows, and the view outside my desk window looks directly into our back greenhouses where our Winterberry Grown Pansies are starting to push through their potted soil.  It must be time to think Spring and more specifically, spring cleanup.

Throughout the typical New England winters, things can get ugly.  Snow gets piled high, old tree branches break, turf can be damaged, ornamental grasses can be matted down.  It’s also pretty common for many Connecticut Oak Tree varieties to hold onto their brown leaves well after your town completes fall cleanup and leaf removal for the year.  You may find once the snow melts that it can almost look as if a fall cleanup was never done, thus making a spring cleanup even more essential.


At Winterberry our spring cleanup includes removal of all leaves and debris from any mulch or planting beds, broken sticks or branches on the lawn, deadheading of any flowering shrubs or perennials that might have been missed the previous season.  Late Hydrangea blooms or unpruned Spirea are good examples to be removed, so are perennial flowers like brown Daylily foliage, Sedum, Coneflowers, or Black-Eyed Susans that should all be cut down to the ground.  Ornamental grasses that aren’t cut back during the fall cleanup can break and be misshapen during the winter, so we also cut those back evenly at the homeowner’s request giving them the opportunity to grow to equal heights during the growing season.


Another important aspect of the spring cleanup is dethatching your lawn.  Thatch is a layer of dead grass and debris that accumulates annually between the blades of healthy grass in your lawn.  Dethatching can be done with a metal lawn rake but at Winterberry we use a power rake attachment on our ride-on lawn mowers that looks something like this.


Once the lawn is dethatched, the old debris will look unsightly.  The debris should be removed, allowing the remaining, healthy blades to start the season growing together and for new blades to germinate.  After the complete lawn is dethatched, we remove the power rake attachment and bag the old debris by giving the lawn its first clean mow of the year.

Spring cleanup is an opportunity to tie up any loose ends remaining from the fall and give your landscape the chance for flowering shrubs, perennial flowers, and lawn to grow healthy and evenly throughout the season.


For a free estimate of your property’s Spring Cleanup or any Winterberry Landscape Maintenance services, please call (860) 378-0071 ext. 122 and an Account Manager will be happy to make your vision a reality.

-Marcus Hill