Lawn Maintenance & Cleanup :
- Warmer weather is here and our lawns are beginning to grow. Make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate height. Set your blade at 0.75 to 1 inches for bentgrass lawns; 1.5 to 2.5 for bluegrass, fine fescue and ryegrass.
- With all the heavy rains lawns have been depleted in nitrogen. A good slow release fertilizer will help give your lawn the nutrients it needs without excessive growth.
Garden Cleanup & Care :
- As we move towards spring plants are looking for nutrients as they gear up for the growing season. Give them what they need by spreading compost around the base your trees and shrubs.
- For younger, less established trees and shrubs you will want to apply fertilizer during this rainy season. The extra water will help to dissolve the fertilizer and get it down to the roots of the plant. When it comes to rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias you will want to use an acid-type fertilizer.
- Watch those spring flowering shrubs. The ideal time to prune them back is just after their blossoms fade.
- Do you have hosta, daylilies or mums in your landscape? This is the time of year when they can be divided. Beef up your landscaping with the new plants, or share with a friend.
- Keep an eye out for slugs and snails. As plants such as hosta begin to come up, you will find slugs and snails not far behind. For a kid and pet safe solution, try iron phosphate baits.
- The fresh smell of mulch reminds me of spring. Beef up your mulch for extra added beauty and protection for your plants. Remember to keep mulch from building up around plant stems to help prevent stem rot.
- Did you sharpen your blades, change the oil and clean up your lawn mower over the winter months? If not, now is a great time to get a jump on equipment saving maintenance tasks before our lawns demand more of our attention.
- How do those wheels on your mower look? Give them a quick check to make sure they are tight. If you find that the wheels are worn and no amount of tightening will sure them up, then you may need to replace them. This simple maintenance task will help make sure your mower deck remains at a consistent height, giving you an even cut.
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