SEASONAL TIPS FOR YOUR YARD & LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE

SPRING

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(Late March – Late June)

Newly budding perennials are sprouting in your landscape. We often refer to this time of year as spring flush. Forsythia is one of the first to show its brightly colored buds. This signals the rapid growth to your outdoor space soon to follow. Spring is one of the best times to start sprucing up your landscape. Your lawn is receptive to overseeding & aeration. Early spring is also a great time to start the first fertilization of the year. You may want to fertilize after your seed sprouts and use a slow release formula, as quick release nitrogen fertilizer can burn newly growing grass. You can also fertilize your prized shrubs, plants and trees. Vegetable gardens should be started in early spring as well. Till soil and add organic compost to your soil. Allow one week before you plant starts or seeds as the nutrient rich compost can burn your young vegetables.

SUMMER

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(Late June – Late September)

Summer signals the beginning of the irrigation season. Although planting can be done any time of year, summer is a great time to start any planting projects you may have. As the soil has dried out from spring, this allows for easier digging. Now that the danger of frost has past you can start planting your vegetable garden without reservation. To produce vegetables, start planting in early summer. Keep an eye out for any unhealthy brown patches of lawn. Summer signals the time of year we often see problems with lawn infestations from grubs and larvae. If you do notice lawn damage from insects (such as browns patches), lawn insecticide treatments are advised. Regular fertilization, lime application, and beneficial nematodes often prevent lawn disease.

AUTUMN

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(Late September – Late December)

Perennials may be looking a bit weary this time of year; cutting them back may produce a few additional blooms before winter ensues. Autumn is the next best time for minor lawn renovations, such as dethatching, aeration and overseeding.  To restore your summer weary lawns consider lime application and a slow release fertilizer. Autumn is a great time for new plantings or transplanting. As leaves starts falling consider using them as a planting bed cover (if you do not have barkdust). As the leaves decompose they add beneficial nutrients to your soil. Around November we recommend shutting down your irrigation system. In preparation for strong winds or ice/snow, we recommend thinning, removing dead growth and crossing or touching branches (corrective pruning) from trees. Corrective pruning can prevent fatal damage to trees.

WINTER

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(Late December – Late March)

Winter time is considered the dormant season. Plant life is in dormancy and is no longer growing. You may notice moss growth in your lawn at this point. Moss control can be applied; however, this will leave bare soil, as grass does not sprout in winter. We recommend saving moss removal for spring time when we can rejuvenate those bare spots with grass seed.  Planting can still be done in winter; however, the ground needs to be above freezing temperatures. Barkdust application is an excellent way to moderate the soil temperature and protect plant material.