We talked earlier in the spring about planting bulbs in preparation for the warmer months. Well the warmer months have arrived! As we embark on the summer you should be enjoying the fruits of your labor in the form of beautiful blooms.
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It’s officially springtime, which means that weeds are about to make their grand entrance into your yard if they haven’t already. Although weeds do add a bit of green, they could be seriously damaging your grass so that when they are gone, only dirt patches remain. Here are some helpful tips at fighting those pesky weeds to maintain a healthy yard.
When you see weeds sprouting in your lawn or in your garden, the first instinct is to pull them out of the ground by hand. However, if you pull the weeds out by hand their roots can remain intact and sprout new weeds. The best practice is to use a a product that both feeds your lawn, while also killing the weeds. Another product to think about using is a pre-emergent weed killer to take care of some of the pests that emerge during the summer months.
As always, maintaining healthy lawn care practices is key in protecting your yard against weeds. Making sure your lawn stays hydrated and not just on the surface level is important. At TPS Landscaping we have just started to offer irrigation systems that come with a control panel, so that ideal watering time doesn’t have to interfere with your sleep schedule. Your lawn mower blade should be set high, setting it too low to your grass will result in it dying. You can also use a fertilizer that helps to feed your grass to maintain it’s health throughout the spring and summer.
We know what you’re thinking; all the tips you’ve been receiving from us lately have assumed that the warm weather is here to stay. But this weekend in the North Carolina Mountains proved that inclement weather is never too far. Although the snow was beautiful, you might be concerned as to how you are going to salvage your garden. Some of your trees might have even seen some small blooms peaking through the buds, and you don’t want to neglect those plants you worked so hard to cultivate, but that’s why we’re here with our tips.Although we have encouraged pruning pretty heavily in past posts, after a frost you should avoid pruning. Yes, the leaves look dead, and yes they are in fact unsalvageable, but pruning is not the answer. In the event of a frost, some leaves are sure to be affected and probably die, but that doesn’t mean that the entire plant is a lost cause. If you prune the dead leaves immediately after a frost, then you make the plant vulnerable again because if another frost hits, it will kill more of the live plant that is left. Avoid pruning until you are sure that you’re in the clear in terms of cold weather.
In order to ensure that your lawn is ready for the warm weather to roll in, you need to make sure you’ve pruned, weeded and cleaned out your garden appropriately.
Now is the time to clean out winter debris from your garden. Dead branches or fallen leaves, twigs or branches that may have fallen during winter weather will stifle the growth of plants trying to thrive.
Once the larger debris is removed from the plant bed, you should begin to hand weed. Typically people would like to use herbicide to kill the unwanted vegetation, but keep in mind that if you are planning to use herbicide, you have to wait until daytime temperatures are warm.
You should replenish or replace mulch in areas surrounding shrubs and trees. Mulch is important surrounding your trees and shrubs because it helps to keep weeds from growing, conserves water and improves soil texture.
Last, but not least, we revisit our topic of pruning. Wait to prune your spring flowering shrubs like Forsythia until after they’ve finished blooming.