By Emily AndersonMore in Outdoors
TIP: Boost your curb appeal with a well-tended landscape.
1. Use a pole saw to prune dead limbs from trees.
TIP: To keep a tree’s shape, cut smaller branches at a lateral bud.
2. Trim flowering shrubs after blooms fade. Non-flowering shrubs can be trimmed at anytime.
TIP: Remove no more than 1/3 of branches and cut them next to main trunk; cut smaller branches at a fork.
3. Replace overgrown shrubs. If you cut them back to old wood, they can’t product new leaves.
4. Cut 45-degree, V-shaped notch on side you want shrub to fall.
5. Make horizontal cut on opposite side just above tip of V-notch.
6. Edge lawn with edger.
TIP: Set edger blade next to grass with wheel on driveway or walk; for a neat line, make two cuts: one shallow, one deeper.
7. To keep mulch from washing onto the walk, edge it with upright pavers.
TIP: Pavers should be half-buried in ground.