Is Spring Upon Us?

Is Spring Upon Us?


by PJ Kratohvil
Complete Solutions

Ready or not with the Bradford pear trees starting to drop and the dogwoods in full bloom spring is definitely coming. 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 post emergent weed controller. Make sure to use a point and spray bottle and add some food 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 recommend use on a bi-weekly basis. Also, consistently bag your lawn clippings. 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.
It still feels early, but go ahead and get everything cut back, reshaped and ready for that spring growth. If you haven’t taken the time to remove the old mulch for the last couple of growing seasons, do so this year. Make sure you cultivate the bed soil and add fertilizer while it’s exposed. Our soil can get so 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. Obviously color typically dictates what direction people go, but there are so many other benefits from mulch other than just the aesthetic ones.
We could write 10 pages on spring landscape prep. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer then you probably have a plan in place. If you’re not, then call a professional before it’s too late.
We consider ourselves to be small, local business, servicing several hundred lawns a week 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 Lantana and Argyle 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.
We encourage you to hire one of these businesses.



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