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No matter the season, our Crews know how to take care of all your lawn care needs. Take advantage of their expertise for yourselves by reading their secrets below or rely on us to get the job done!
In the Spring, waiting for a certain date to have your grass cut is never the right way to go. The first cut is an extremely important moment for your property. There are certain factors that should affect your decision when thinking about beginning or holding off service.
The overall length of the grass is the best factor to consider when making this decision. No matter the type of grass, always wait until there is about two inches of growth to give your grass that first cut. This will ensure the safety of the blades as well as the roots of the grass. When it is time for that cut, never take off more than 1/3 of the blade. The best way to achieve this is by setting the deck of a lawn mower at its highest setting, testing the cut by mowing a short distance and lowering the deck as necessary.
It is important to note that after this first cut, you must keep a close eye on the growth of your lawn to establish the next time you would need it serviced. With more frequent rainfall, most lawns would require a weekly cut to keep up with the rapid growth.
If your lawn is off to a slow start, is a pale green or yellowish color, it may be time to consider fertilizing your lawn. If you are a “do it your selfer” please consider researching fertilizers rather than putting down something you do not fully understand. You can find out what your lawn needs by purchasing a soil-sample test kit or having one of our Lawn Pros come out for you!
A lot like your grass, the first spring pruning of a bush or shrub could be the most important part of maintaining its overall health and longevity. The best way to get the most out of your bushes this year comes down to three primary activities: feeding, watering and pruning them at the right time.
Let’s start with feeding your bushes and shrub! You might be thinking yourself: What do plants like to eat? Don’t worry, you won’t have to cook anything. We recommend an organic mixture you can find at most landscape supply stores. Plant-tone is the perfect feed for most bushes and shrubs as it provides the right mixture of nutrients that plants love. When applying feed, make sure you are dropping the recommended amount down directly at the base of the plant rather than on its leaves. Also, try to avoid spilling on your turf!
Watering your bushes is equally as important as feeding them as you can’t do one and not the other. As the weather gets warmer and the weather starts to dry up adjust your watering schedule as needed. Start in the Spring with once a day in the mornings – and again, position the hose or water outlet at the base of the plant, not the leaves. Watering leaves can promote the spread of disease and wastes precious water!
Pruning your shrubs might be the most important step in your eyes as you don’t want wild bushes taking over your property. According to industry standards, most bushes or shrubs must be trimmed at an average of 4 times per year. Our recurring shrub packages take this into account and provides the best frequency for the health of your bushes and shrubs.
Before your trees get into the full swing of things, consider raising the canopy or delimbing dead or broken branches! By doing this early, you can count on a healthy tree with more growth potential as well as an overall safer property.
Raising the canopy or thinning accomplishes a number of things. Perhaps the most important reason is to allow more sunlight through to your turf and lower shrubs and bushes. So, what is raising the canopy you might ask. This is the process of taking off lower branches that would eventually grow up into the tree creating more sunlight blockage. This makes the tree look more manicured and healthy and will benefit the overall health of your property.
We HIGHLY recommend calling us to do this as this is no easy homeowner task but if you insist on giving it a go, you will need several tools. Basic tools you may need are trimmers, a chainsaw, a ladder (depending on the size), and a rake or blower for clean-up. But Beware – By doing this yourself, you run the risk of permanently damaging your tree by cutting back too much.
Irrigation is important, but overwatering can cause several problems too. Finding that happy medium is key in the Spring as it is the most important time of the year for your property. You will want to begin a regular watering schedule – but be careful and don’t water too soon!
The Spring season brings higher than average rain storms, which requires you to hold off on your watering schedule. You’ll want the soil to dry out a bit more before you begin watering.
By waiting until things start to dry out a bit more, you are strengthening the roots of your grass! Huh? Sounds crazy but allow us to explain. When grass begins to dry out, the roots grow deeper down in order to find a water source. Deeper roots mean stronger grass. Now the trick is not to wait too long. You will want to start watering after you see the ground is drying.
When you start watering, you will want to stick to a set schedule. Once in the wee hours of the morning and once in the late afternoon (typically before 5:30PM). You will have to adjust to a more frequent watering schedule as the temperature heats up. Feel free to contact any of our Lawn Pros to make sure you are watering at the correct time and frequency!
Besides being aesthetically pleasing, mulch or pine straw serves as a highly functional groundcover. The big question behind mulch or pine straw is, how much do you want to put down? Let’s start with mulch, shall we?
While mulch is more expensive, it provides a natural barrier for most weeds trying to poke through in your beds. Before mulching, be sure to clean out your beds of all leaves and debris as this will give the mulch a neater, less lumpy look. The recommended amount of mulch thickness that should be put down is approximately 1 to 4 inches covering all the bare ground in the beds.
A more inexpensive option is pine straw, BUT it also gives your yard that signature southern look! To get the most out of pine straw this year, make sure you trench all the edges of your beds to give your yard a sharp, defined look. Lay the pine straw down between 3-to-5 inches thick. One bale of pine straw covers about 100 square feet at the correct thickness.