Spring Cleanup Begins
Today I cut back the dead plant material in the Sidewalk Border. It’s been another exceptionally busy spring at work and I’ve hired the same landscapers for this year who did the cleanup last season. However, I’m not sure when they’re coming and I was getting itchy fingers. There will still be work for them when they show up, I’m sure.
I actually discovered that my pole clipper makes for a very handy spring cleanup tool for dead herbaceous material. Just set the clipper at not quite parallel to the ground, and you can cut stems with a lot less bending and the accompanying moaning and groaning. Actually, I found that just waving the head of the pole clipper just above the ground would snap off a majority of the stems.
For the grasses, I sit on my little garden bench and grab handfuls of stems. Then I cut them with my handy secateurs. Works much better than the pruning shears.
I pretty much finished the Sidewalk Border without a murmur of protest from my back. I’ve piled all the plant debris on the lawn, waiting for the landscapers to come with their shredder.
I’ve already pruned the Roses and cut back the Clematis. If the landscapers don’t come by next weekend, I’ll cut back the Driveway Border myself, I think.
It felt very satisfying to get the season’s cleanup underway. Are you doing the same, or is the cleanup already behind you?