As we jump into Spring after experiencing record rainfall in February, it is now time to prepare
for the growing season ahead in regards to your lawn & landscape.
Here are some tips to help prepare your landscape so that it will look its best in 2019:
• The excessive amounts of rain this winter has created optimal conditions for weed
germination in our plant beds and turf areas. Although some weed presence is inevitable,
you can help control weeds by applying a pre-emergent herbicide in the early Spring.
Don’t wait too late, as timing is critical to the success of the herbicide treatment.
• Prior to the spring buds developing on your shrubs, the early Spring is a great time to
perform any winter pruning or deep cut-backs in order to re-shape or re-size plant
material. This practice will minimize pruning needs during the growing season while
providing a fresh appearance for old & tired shrubbery. This ‘rejuvenation’ or deep type
pruning should be performed before the shrubbery develops new leaves.
• Early spring is also a good opportunity to cut-back any spent perennials and appropriate
grounds covers to promote the upcoming seasonal new growth. Again, it is best to
perform this task prior to the flush of buds or leaves.
• Take advantage of the dormant season to coordinate and conduct a planning meeting with
your service provider representative. It is important for you to be aware of the schedule of
services for the upcoming months. This will keep you informed, and avoid any surprises.
• Ask your service provider to provide a property needs analysis or site audit. This report
will outline any property deficiencies, safety concerns, improvement needs, etc... along
with solutions. This tool can help you identify and prioritize your landscape needs for this
season, so that you can plan your funding accordingly.
Prepare for Spring prior to its arrival! The value of such planning and performance will pay
dividends during busy growing season.
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