Edited by Robert Hairston
In spite of February being a winter month, the days are finally getting warmer which means that we are getting ready for a new growing season. While it may feel like spring is taking it's sweet time, if you aren't prepared it can easily sneak up on you. There is still plenty to do!
In addition to the Power Raking, Aerating and Fertilizing services mentioned in the last blog entry, here's a few more things to look out for and do.
Deciduous trees and shrubs, as well as hollies, could use some fertilizer this month. Any new “candles” on firs or pines should be snapped off to encourage a compact shape (if that is the look you are going for).
Plenty of things can cause damage to you plants. Make sure to keep an eye out for any signs of pests on your trees and shrubs, especially evergreens.
If you didn't take an inventory of your lawn, yard, and garden supplies and equipment in the autumn, now would be a good time to do it. Inventory any supplies for your yard while supply stores have them in. You don’t want to be caught needing something that is sold out because everyone else needed it too.
Don't forget to sharpen and clean garden tools if you haven't already!
Make sure if you do get any more ice, DO NOT use
melting salts near the lawn. Doing so can make the soil itself salty and minimize the water and nutrient absorption, thus starving your lawn and burning your plants.
If you have had consistent issues with your lawn, you may want to consider getting a soil test done, there could be a bigger underlying issue (contact our office for details on soil tests).
As always, make sure your yard is clean as the weather
transitions, key areas to take care of are the lawn and under shrubs. This will take away possible homes for all sorts of problems and pests.
If you wrapped your roses this year, you can slowly begin unwrapping them slightly on warmer days to help them acclimate to the warming weather.
If you have a fireplace or even a fire pit that you used in the winter, one great thing that you can do is spread the ashes around your garden beds to add potassium to the soil.
As soon as the temperatures allow (the ground is unfrozen), begin adding your needed amendments to the soil of vegetable and bulb gardens.
This list will help you prepare for next month, which will be quite a bit busier.