Get Your Lawn in Spring Shape

Get Your Lawn in Spring Shape

by PJ Kratohvil of Complete Solutions
www.CompleteSolutionsDFW.com

Ready or not, with the Bradford pear trees starting to turn and dogwoods in full bloom, spring is definitely upon us. We’re focusing this article on information that should be helpful in the preparations of your own lawn/landscape.

Such a mild winter could have you looking at a lawn full of weeds about now. If so, and you’re not ready to call the chemical company just yet, then let’s get to work! For some immediate results find a point and spray post-emergent (add some color so you can track what you’ve covered as you go). Your first pre-emergent should have been down a few weeks ago. If not, don’t waste time back-tracking, stick with the spray treatments (most retail sprays are going to be recommended on a bi-weekly basis) and consistent bagged mowings. As the grass starts to turn, train it to a conservative watering schedule, consistent chemicals, and mowing. It’s simple but the consistency is KEY. Do this and you will see results.

If things weren’t cleaned up in late fall, then get it all cut back, reshaped and ready for that spring growth. If you haven’t taken the time to remove the old mulch before adding new for the last couple growing seasons, then do so this year. Make sure you cultivate the bed soil and add fertilizer while it’s exposed. Our soil can get hard over the course of a year. Turning it over and allowing the oxygen/ nutrients to really penetrate is always a good idea. Consider your plant needs, sun exposure and soil conditions when choosing a mulch. Color typically dictates what direction people go, but there are so many other benefits to consider than just aesthetics.

We could write 10 pages on spring landscape prep. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer then you’ve probably already got a plan in place. If not, get on it or call a professional before you walk outside, notice everything is overgrown, and it’s too late to cut it back without damage.

We consider ourselves to be “small” local business, only servicing a few hundred lawns a week and having done so for the past 6+ years. In that time, the number of unlicensed, illegal and uninsured maintenance workers has at least tripled. We encourage everyone this year, especially in our competitive markets, to try and see past the benefit of the immediate cheap price and look into the future of our communities. There are hundreds of knowledgeable, tax paying local businesses that do great work, while also giving back and investing in our communities. Please consider supporting those who support our community.


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