Hooray…spring is here. While this is a miraculous and beautiful time of year, it is also a busy time of year for all of us. To save time, we have made a list of tips that we hope you will find helpful.
As your lawn is coming out of a dormant period, so are the weeds. If you have not read our last article about pre-emergent, post emergent, and preventative herbicides, please take the time to link to our last article:
1. As your lawn begins to grow, you will find that some areas are growing faster than others. Resist the urge to “scalp” the taller areas, to make your lawn appear one even height. Set your mower deck to cut Fescue/Cool Season lawns at 3 inches. Bermuda/Warm Season grasses should be 1 to 2 inches. You’re patience will pay off later in the season.
2. Take it easy on the fertilizer. Again, we discussed this in our last article. Always soil test first. Even if you use an inexpensive, hardware store-type soil test kit, it is worth it.
Shrubs and Trees
1. Be prudent in insecticide usage. If you have a pest, see if Neem Oil or another horticultural oil/soap could be effective. Pollinators will be working your spring blooming plants, and pollinators are an extremely important part of the garden and are harmed by insecticides.
2. If you have a problem with bees and other stinging insects, here are a few tips.
- Wear white and/or neutral colors. Do not wear black. Studies have proven that honey bees are aggressive toward black clothing. This may have something to do with black bears trying to steal honey from beehives, but the evidence is inconclusive.
- Avoid wearing “flowery colors”. If you look like a giant bloom walking through the yard, can you blame bees for their behavior?
- Do not keep sugary beverages nearby while you are working in the garden. Blooms provide nectar, a sweet and nutritious liquid, for pollinators. Your soft drink/coolaid/sweet tea is exponentially sweeter than nectar and an irresistible lure.
- If you find a swarm of honeybees in one of your trees, contact your local beekeepers’ group for removal. There isn’t a beekeeper in America who wouldn’t love to have a free colony. If a beekeeper lives nearby, it might be a group of escapees from his/her apiary.
3. Be careful about pruning now. Many plants are still preparing to bloom. Blooming only happens once a year, and it would be a shame to inadvertantly prune off those beautiful blooms before they have a chance to open.
1. Pull weeds while they are young. Try to get all, or as much as possible, of the root system removed.
2. If you have not already done so, apply layer of shredded hardwood mulch to your beds. In bed areas that do not have plant material, you can lay down newspaper and wet it first. This will add one more layer of weed protection. The newspaper will naturally decompose and feed the soil as the season progresses.
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Enjoy the pleasant weather, remember to bring a few flowers inside to enjoy, and Get Grounded!