Spring Lawn Care on Vashon Island

Spring time landscaping tasks on Vashon Island Washington

Our little island explodes with growth come Spring time. It is during this time that some very specific gardening tasks should be started and others completed. 

Below is a list of tasks that you should consider performing once spring hits on Vashon Island. Of course, our crews can do as much or as little as you would like, but make no mistake, if you fail to accomplish these tasks, your lawn and garden could get out of control, fast! 


When you rake your property up at the beginning of Spring, it removes those old fall leaves and grass blades that did not survive winter.


Fill bare or thin spots in the lawn by overseeding. Late spring is the best time to overseed warm-season grass. Fall is the ideal time for cool-season grass, but in colder regions, spot-seeding small areas in spring yields good results. When you overseed, apply a slow-release nitrogen fertilizer. Five weeks after overseeding, apply a quick-release nitrogen feed.


Vital for a truly healthy lawn, aeration is the solution for compacted soil. How often you should aerate your lawn depends on soil type and how you use your lawn. Late spring to early summer is the right time to aerate warm-season grasses. 


Spring is the right time to dethatch turf. Aim for early spring for cool-season grasses and late spring to early summer for warm-season grasses. 


If Crabgrass is a problem in your lawn, apply pre-emergent herbicides to keep seeds that dropped last summer from germinating. Timing is critical for this application. Most product bags have application timing advice.


Apply grass fertilizer for spring roughly three weeks after grass starts greening (that usually corresponds to the time following two or three mowings). Apply lawn fertilizer for spring too early and you risk feeding weeds and creating fertilizer runoff. Too-early applications also trigger lush blade growth at a time when roots may not have started their spring growth spurt.


Spring irrigation needs vary by region. For mountain and arid desert areas, continue watering lawns as you have been through winter, increasing irrigation frequency as temperatures climb, as spring winds build in the Southwest, and if spring rainfall is scarce in mountain areas.

In the North, Midwest and Pacific Northwest areas, spring rains typically provide sufficient moisture for awakening lawns. Avoid the temptation to water as a means of greening up grass. Let it green up naturally and irrigate only if rains are scarce and grass shows signs of dehydration.


Start mowing when the ground is dry enough and grass is long enough to require cutting. Cut at the proper height for your type of grass. Avoid mowing too low. Grass cut too short allows sunlight to reach soil, encouraging weed seeds to germinate. 

Vashon Island Junk Removal

Vashon Island junk removal - trash pickup and dump runs

Vashon Island Landscaping is a full-service junk removal company serving Vashon Island, Washington. We remove almost anything and everything from appliances and furniture to cleaning up residential and commercial properties. All you need to do is tell us what you want gone, and out crew will make it happen. Then, off to the Vashon Recycling & Transfer Station it goes! 

Vashon Island Landfill and Transfer Station

Vashon Island Junk Removal

  • Hoarding Cleanups
  • Attic Cleanouts
  • Storage Unit Cleanings
  • Garage Cleanouts
  • Commercial Office Cleanouts
  • High Tide Debris Cleanups
  • Basement Cleanouts
  • Estate Cleanouts
  • Residential Home Junk Removal
  • Storm Cleanup
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Some Items We Clean Up

  • Furniture
  • Appliances
  • Carpeting
  • Mattresses and Box Springs
  • Scrap Metal
  • Attic Cleanout
  • Tires
  • Office Equipment
  • Renovation Debris
  • Electronics
  • Estate Cleanouts
  • Exercise Equipment
  • TV’s and Electronics
  • Trash Removal
  • Hot Tub Removal
  • Yard Waste
  • Piano Moving
  • Storage Sheds

Vashon Island Moss Removal

Vashon Island roof moss removal - before we finished

Vashon Landscaping understands how moss removal works on the island. Lots of rain and shade makes for a great moss garden on your roof and walkways, especially on North facing roofs.

What happens if you do leave moss on your Vashon Island home? If a moss is not addressed, the moss can start damaging your roofing material and start to allowing water under the roofing material which can potentially damage your roof.

When addressing moss on your roof, our goal is to preserve the integrity of your roof. How do we do this? Well, we start by removing the big clumpy moss building up on your roof. We knock off the moss with special brushes. Our highly trained crew focuses on keeping the integrity of your roof in tact. We do this by ensuring we are not knocking off aggregate from your roof while we are brushing the the moss off.

Rios Lawn Management - Vashon Island

Then, we use commercial blowers to blow off the roof of the remaining debris. We then clean out the gutters, while inspecting the gutters for issues. Then, we clean out the downspouts so that water flows away from the home.

Then, after the roof is clean, Vashon Island Landscaping spreads on some anti moss product on the roof to help kill off any moss that is left in the cracks of the roofing material. 

Once we brush of that moss, Then, we apply a moss control product to kill any remaining moss. Vashon Landscaping also provide bi-yearly a maintenance options where we keep your moss under control all year. 


Vashon Island Brush Removal

Vashon Island brush removal - Rios Lawn Management - Before and after

Time to take back that part of your land that has overgrown and has attached itself to the rest of the Vashon Island flora. Our Vashon Island brush removal and landscaping team is ready to take on any job your have, large or small. We have the tools and the team to take back your lawn or farm. 

Our crew will come out and take back what was once yours. 🙂

Vashon Island is all about growing. We have tons of farms and large properties that need to be cleared every once so often. Let my crew come in take care of your landscaping needs.

We service all of Vashon Island, including the following neighborhoods:

Vashon Heights
Spring Beach
Fern Heath
Shore Acres

Glen Acres
Magnolia Beach
Bethel Park
Harbor Heights

Fill out the form to get a free quote. I will come out personally and let you know what we think it will take to get that brush and flora removed.

Landscaping to Prepare for a Vashon Island Winter

Vashon Island Leaf cleanup and Removal

Winter is coming as they say, and there are some landscaping tasks that should be completed before winter hits Vashon Island head on. Here are just some of the Winter landscaping services that we do for our island clients

Clear branches, twigs, tree and ground debris from your lawn and property
Use compost to fertilize and nourish your garden and flower beds
For your lawn, we get it raked and thatched. Removing debris and dead grass
We can trim your trees and shrubs, removing potential hazards during a wind storm. As we all know, the power goes out on Vashon Island all the time
Our aeration services loosen up compacted soil for grass roots to breathe

We can wrap up the bottoms of your new trees to protect them from the wind and cold

Here is a tip: If you are mowing your own lawn, on your last mow of the fall, keep the clippings on the lawn. It will help your lawn and provide nutrients throughout the winter.