Lawn Seasons

Quick and Easy Spring Lawn Cleanup

When the highways department deposits a goodly load of gravel, crushed stones or sand on your lawn during the winter (the result of treatments to a nearby icy road to make it less slippery), the best tool to pick the mess is not the traditional lawn rake, but a wet/dry vacuum (sometimes called a workshop vacuum or shop vac).

As soon as the snow has melted and the ground is no longer soggy (and certainly before the grass starts to turn green), put the vacuum cleaner in dry suction mode and off you go. It will pick up all the litter—even the gravel—in an instant!

The neighbors may think you’re nuts, but it works perfectly! You’ll be surprised how quickly they’ll go from smirking to doing the same thing. 

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. After studies at the University of Toronto and Laval University where he obtained his B.A. in modern languages in 1978, he succeeded in combining his language skills with his passion for gardening in a novel career as a garden writer and lecturer. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He is a regular contributor to and horticultural consultant for Fleurs, Plantes, Jardins garden magazine and has written for many other garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Rebecca’s Garden and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 50 other titles in English and French. He can be seen in Quebec on French-language television and was notably a regular collaborator for 7 years on the TV shows Fleurs et Jardins and Salut Bonjour Weekend. He is the President of the Garden Writers Association Foundation and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. An avid proponent of garden tourism, he has lead garden tours throughout Canada and to the gardens of over 30 countries over the last 30 years. He presently resides in Quebec City, Quebec.

4 comments on “Quick and Easy Spring Lawn Cleanup

  1. Larry, I have been looking for a variety of milkweed (that feeds monarch butterflies) that might survive in my Zone 2 garden. Any ideas?

    • Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) is probably the hardiest one. It’s hardy to zone 3 for sure and would be the one the most likely to try in zone 2.

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