Four Important Spring Lawn Care Tips
Spring is here! If you are looking for early spring lawn care tips, here are four of the most important tips to get your lawn ready for spring:
1. Spring Lawn Preparation: Clear Winter Remains
It is the beginning of a new spring lawn care season and in order for your lawn to thrive, debris leftover by winter need to be removed. Clearing your lawn of clinging snow, lawn clipping, and dead branches will reduce the potential spread of fungus, bacteria, or weeds that love winter debris.
2. Get Your Lawn Ready For Spring: Give Your Lawn A Massage
While using your fingers to massage your grass might not do much for your lawn, there are a number of ways you can get your lawn ready for spring. When the winter months come around, grass turns brown and goes into hibernation. Once it is warm again, raking dead grass can help prevent disease. Raking will also reduce soil compaction. Once your lawn is loosened up, air, water, and nutrients will be able to move freely within the soil.
3. Lawn Care Tips For Weed Control
When it comes to weed control, weeds and The Goonies share a common philosophy, “Never Say Die”. Even in winter’s cold, weed seeds are dormant, waiting for warm weather. When spring arrives, the tiny seeds will grow like crazy. Most homeowners begin defending their lawns once they see weeds appear. However, we don’t recommend waiting until weeds are visible. Applying an early season protection will cover your lawn before weeds begin to show up. Getting a head start on weed control will lessen the work moving into summer.
4. Tips for Spring Lawn Fertilizer
Consider how you apply lawn fertilizer in spring. Once your yard is free of debris and protected from imminent weed growth, your grass needs to be fed. We recommend starting with a light application of fertilizer. Heavier fertilizer application tends to promote grass shoot growth. In the earlier stages of seasonal growing, lightly fertilizing encourages root growth. Strong roots means strong grass. This is important because it ensures healthy grass throughout the season. Try spreading fertilizer in small doses at intervals instead of one big shot.
Winter is coming and while the plants are going to sleep, it is time to start preparing.
Clean up all plants that will stay the winter. Some annuals will winter over, biennials need deadheading and cutting back, and perennials look better spruced up a bit.
Remove annuals that are finished with their show. Pull them out and rake the bed clean.
Get the weeds and their seeds out of the garden. This part of landscape maintenance is paramount.
If lawns are your passion, remove fallen leaves with a spring tine rake to prevent the shade they cast which kills the turf underneath.
Fall is here and it’s time to fertilize your lawn. Why now? Taking the time to fertilize in the fall will strengthen the roots of your lawn, giving them a strong base on which to thrive next spring.
Fall is also a great time to fertilize shrubs and trees. In my opinion, all trees and shrubs need fertilizer because most of them are located in mulch beds that use up nitrogen as they decompose.
TRANSITION TO FALL
In the Pacific Northwest, the month of October is the big transition month for trees, shrubs, lawn, and weather. Don’t be alarmed if your Evergreen trees begin dropping older inside needles. Every Fall older needles turn yellow or brown and drop off leaving the newer green growth on the ends of the branches. Cooler wet weather is not far away and coupled with the shorter days, Fall color will soon be upon us. Wet and cool means the slugs will appear in abundance. Slug control in the Fall will pay big dividends in the Spring with reduced slug populations. We now offer slug control programs consisting of 5 treatments per year.
The very best time of the year to fertilize your lawn is in the Fall. With shorter days top growth is limited. Stored nutrients turn into carbohydrates to be used next Spring.
August is a month for vacations, barbecues, and trips to the beach.But, for your lawn, August is no picnic. With temperatures hanging in the 80’s, severe drought stress can take out your lawn in as little as 4 weeks. When soil moisture is depleted, turf grass will begin to wilt. This condition is realized as the grass goes from green to a bluish or gray smokey green. Another clue of this situation is how footprints remain in the affected area. The turf no longer has the resilience to spring back up. In an effort to stay alive, the grass blade will turn brown, all growth will stop and the plant will go into dormancy. This will allow the turfgrass to survive for an extended period. The length of time the grass can survive in this dormant condition depends on several factors: mainly temperature, soil moisture and the overall condition of turfgrass before the onset of dormancy. In general terms, grass can withstand 3-5 weeks of being “brown” depending upon the temperature. One inch of water per week is required to keep grass green. One inch of water per month will keep grass alive as to minimize damage. Washington Tree & Lawn Care can apply wetting agents to aid in recovery or longevity.
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They are out and looking for food!
Spiders are abundant in the Northwest, and they aren’t picky where they show up!
With our Spider treatments we spray the exterior perimeter of the home and surrounding buildings where spiders like to lay.
For the most effective pest control around your home, ask about our Perimeter Pest Program. With only 4 applications a year this service will control Spiders, Fleas, Ticks, Ants, Crane fly larvae, weevils, and many others.
July is the month when summer usually shows up in the Pacific Northwest. Warm days and nights refresh the body and soul. How quickly we forget the gray when it finally is replaced by blue. Hot dry weather can burn up your landscape in just a few days. Water neglect has become the biggest problem in our area. People who think they are saving the earth by holding back water need to remember carbon dioxide is taken in by green growing plants and oxygen is released. Most sick or dead shrubs and lawns are the result of lack of water in the summer. Maintained grass needs 1 inch of water per week to stay green and 1 inch per month to survive. One should try to achieve this amount in no more than 3 waterings per week. Careful observation of the obvious will guide you. Most plants will let you know.
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One of the big questions that pops up this time of year is, “How much should i be watering”. We are getting to the point where mother nature will not provide enough rain to keep your trees, shrubs and lawn healthy. Watering can be tricky, because not everyone has an irrigation system that they can rely on to put the right amount of water down during drought season. So, paying attention to the signs of drought in your lawn and getting water to it when it needs it, not when it is too late. Home owners should be prepared to start watering in April. Days are longer and the sun is usually showing its face for more than just 1 or 2 days in a row. Once your area has its first stretch of 4 or 5 dry days with average temps of 60 degrees or more, you should be starting your watering routine. Most yard will stay healthy with 2 or 3 watering’s a week for 30 – 40 minutes at each time. Now remember all lawns are different, but they all need at least 1 inch of water a week to grow and 1 inch of water a month to live.
Lots of people try to save money by not watering in the summer. Yes watering can be expensive but so is re-landscaping your yard. Conserving water is understandable but make sure you give your plants and lawn enough for them to make it through the drought season otherwise you will be spending all that money replacing your plants every spring.
The season is upon us were some of your plantings may look a little chewed up or discolored. There are two major pests that are out and about reeking havoc on your rhododendrons, azaleas, salal, Davideye, and other viburnum species. Root Weevils and Lace Bugs like the warm days and warm nights of the spring and summer. Each pest has there own distinct markings that they leave.
Weevils like to leave bite marks on the outsides of the leaves, making them look jagged chewed up.
Lace Bugs will just suck the sap from plants’ photosynthetic tissues. This causes pale stippling and bleaching that can become very obvious on the upper leaf surface by mid to late summer .
What makes both these guys a huge pest is the damage will stay for years after. The types of shrubs they attack do not drop there leaves every year. They hold there leaves for many years and will flag some of the older leaves each fall, leaving those unsightly leaves for many generations. There is some control for these pests, using the right products and the right timing can keep them at bay.
WARM DAYS ON THE WAY
June brings back memories of long warm days and bright starry nights. The coupled reaction of a barefoot stroll and the smell of fresh cut grass bundles the thoughts of past summer fun. Rich color and intense growth signal these truly are the longest days of the year. A lawn’s requirement for food and water will peak this month. Happy plants ward off many problems and the sprays we offer fill the ticket. Natural fish fertilizer and liquid kelp are the backbone of our tree and shrub programs. Ants are on the prowl now along with the slugs. Weevils are getting their act together chomping on your rhodies, and aphids are everywhere.
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May is the month of the true climax of spring. Colorful displays fuel heart sent thoughts. Past springs meld with the present to create an inner richness that can only happen at this time of year. We reap our rewards for time and effort as the payback continues for weeks to come.
Lawns need mowing and fertilizer to repair damage, now is the time. Ample daylight coupled with adequate moisture will work wonders. Weed control in turf needs to be done before it gets hot and dry so do it soon. Aerified lawns accept moisture and dry compacted lawns do not. Wetting agents will also work very well.
Trees and shrubs like a little fertilizer all the time. Our sprays contain seaweed and fish-fertilizer along with organic compounds to control insects. Stay ahead of the weeds and keep an eye out for those slugs.
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