Is your landscaping ready for spring?
You probably went out in the yard last month one of the few days it didn’t rain to uncover the tulips, but that’s not enough. Soon the sun will beat down relentlessly on your landscaping, and it has to be ready.
What to do?
1. Rake up debris.
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get rid of last year’s leaves and all the sticks and twigs your trees have dropped on your landscaping. Start the year off with a clean slate!
2. Spread a pre-emergent.
Pre-emergents are used to keep crabgrass and other weeds from sprouting and tainting your landscaping. Once they sprout, they’re more difficult to eradicate.
Pre-emergent works by creating a layer at the top of your landscaping that prevents crabgrass from sprouting and breaking through. It’s critical to keep your landscaping moist and well-watered at this time, because any drying and cracking will affect the strength of your pre-emergent.
Pre-emergent also works less well in sparse and bare patches, so try to get your landscaping as thick and lush as possible to get it off to a good start.
3. Spread fertilizer.
Many homeowners do this landscaping chore randomly, but the truth is, if you don’t use the right mixture and apply it at the right time, you are doing more harm than good.
If you’re taking on this chore, arm yourself with the necessary information, like what type of grass you have, before heading to your local garden store and staring helplessly at the bags with different ratios of chemicals written on them.
4. Mow smarter, not harder.
Conventional mowing wisdom says not to cut more than one-third off the top of your grass, lest you shock it into a weakened state, allowing weeds to take hold. But if you follow that advice during a rainy spring, you might end up mowing every other day!
In the spring, however, mowing twice a week can really help your grass develop strong roots. And you won’t have clumps of cut grass scattered about, smothering your landscape.
All these landscaping rules can leave you wondering if you dare venture out onto your grass with a sharp instrument, lest you do lasting damage. Rules for weed prevention, rules for fertilizing, rules for mowing — and we didn’t even mention rules for watering! (There are lots.)
We don’t want you to be afraid of your landscaping. But we don’t want you to inadvertently destroy it either. The experts at Earthworks Landscaping can get your landscaping ready for spring, and at the same time, explain to you how to take care of it properly throughout the summer so it stays beautiful.
Call Earthworks, and make 2017 the year you have the best-looking landscaping on the block.