Seasonal & Drought Proofing Tips

Seasonal & Drought Proofing Tips

Seasonal Tips:

The following is a list of seasonal service recommendations to keep your lawn and landscape healthy and beautiful all year long!

Spring

Spring Clean-Up: Now is the time to remove all leaves, sticks and other debris. Heavy accumulation of lawn debris will smother the lawn and create bare areas.

Fertilize: In the spring, your lawn will need fertilizer to stimulate an early green-up.

Pre-Emergent: This application is a weed preventer and is applied prior to germination. This special application will not only give your lawn the food it needs but will help to prevent certain weeds from growing throughout the spring and summer months.

Bed Maintenance & Seasonal Color: Now is the time for the removal and disposal of existing weeds and dead plant material from your landscape beds. Then you’ll be ready to brighten up your property by installing colorful flowers into your landscape beds.

Mulch Beds: Re-mulching landscape beds around your home not only spruces them up and highlights your seasonal color, but it also helps keep the soil moist to the roots of the plants and discourages the growth of weeds.

Lawn Scalping & Mowing: Scalping your lawn in February will remove the thatch and un-decomposed debris that accumulated during the previous year.  Scalping allows necessary sunlight to reach the new growth, which promotes the health and future growth of the turf. Afterward, it’s time to start your regularly scheduled weekly/bi-weekly mowing.

Summer

Proper Watering: Water in the morning, and try to avoid late afternoon or night watering. This will allow ample time for the grass and plants to dry throughout the day and prevents fungus or other bacteria from growing in moist areas overnight. A lawn needs about 1 inch of water per week.

Core Aerating: During the summer, soil tends to become compacted, which can be decreased by aerating. Aerating your lawn allows water to seep down to the grassroots and brings air back into the sub-soil. Sub-surface air and water are necessary for turf to grow.

Fertilize: It is necessary to fertilize in summer to continue the health regimen of your lawn. This will help thicken the grass and promote an overall greener lawn.

Grub Worm Prevention Application: Early- to mid- July is the best time to apply grub worm prevention so that your lawn doesn’t suffer from an infestation of these pests.

Lawn Mowing: Avoid cutting your lawn too short during the summer. The optimal length of your grass should be 3 inches. This helps shade out weeds, keeps the roots cooler, and encourages deeper root growth. Cutting too much off the top leads to thinned out grass and shallow root systems.

Fall

Pre-Emergent Application: This specially formulated winterizing fertilizer is higher in nitrogen and contains a weed preventer. This application will make the grass more winter hardy, help prevent weeds, and green up the lawn earlier next spring.

Fertilize: It is necessary to fertilize in the fall to continue the health regimen of your lawn. This will help thicken the grass and promote an overall greener lawn.

Lawn Renovation: Fall is the time to over-seed your lawn with fescue or rye application, provided that there are no city watering restrictions.

Plant: This is a great season for planting trees and shrubs. These new plants will have plenty of time to settle in and allow their root structures to become stronger before winter dormancy. Make sure they have plenty of mulch and water on a regular basis until they become established.

Bed Maintenance & Seasonal Color: This is the perfect time to remove all of the remaining spring colors from your landscape, clean out the beds, and install new fall (flowers) color.

Mulch: Don’t forget to check your mulch density for the recommended 2-4 inches, and add more if necessary. Again, adding fresh mulch will help your seasonal color pop and retain much-needed moisture for your plants.

Winter

Remove Weeds, Leaves & Debris: Always remove all debris and leaves from your lawn and landscaped beds. This is important for winter lawn care so that the debris does not breakdown or decompose on your lawn and cause possible fungus or other lawn disease problems. Even though there may be fewer weeds in the winter, still make sure they are removed so they do not choke out your slower growing lawn.

Tree Trimming: This is the optimal time for tree trimming.

Trimming of Ornamental Grasses: To give these plants a better start in the spring, we recommend trimming them back during their dormancy.