Spring is finally here after a long, snowy winter. Here are a few ideas to get you ready for a great growing season.
Tune up your mower and sharpen your blade. A dull mower blade damages your grass and just plain doesn’t look good when done. There are repair shops that have a blade exchange program where you just take in your blade and they give you a sharp one on the spot. Return next month, and repeat. A very simple, inexpensive way to keep a good edge without much hassle.
Rake up your leaves and sticks off the lawn to keep the grass from matting. Look out for matted grass, white or pink webbing. I have seen some snow mold out walking lawns this spring. Just rake it out and maybe a little seed when it warms up a bit, soil temps need to be in the mid 50’s before seed will germinate. It’s also a good idea to get your pre-emergent down in April or May. Choose a product with slow-release fertilizer and a low rate or nitrogen to allow roots to keep doing their thing. Our applications this time of year consist of pre-emergent, very light rate of fertilizer and soil amendments. This will get the lawn green, loosen up the soil profile and drive roots down and add micro-nutrients for color while not encouraging too much vertical growth.
In your landscape beds, you will want to cut back perennials and grasses of dead growth. Put down a fresh coat of mulch and apply a pre-emergent if weeds have been a problem.
Give us a call if we can help you get your lawn or landscape off to a great start this season.