Originally posted on February 16, 2012
Spring is the perfect time to provide extra care following chilly winter temperatures and dormant growth. It’s also a critical time to take steps to insure a beautiful summer lawn and landscape. Fertilization, weed and pest control combined with proper mowing will stop problems before they start and keep your lawn looking its best. This is also a good time to do any flower bed maintenance that may be needed. This could include the removal of weeds and debris from landscape beds; re-bed edging your landscape beds to provide a crisp clean look, providing new mulch to your beds, adding seasonal color, and the trimming of plants and bushes, of course if you do trim any bushes or plants be sure not to disturb ones that may bloom in spring. Whether you mow your own yard or have a professional provide property maintenance correct mowing can alleviate a lot of your problems. Contrary to popular belief, setting your mower at a very low height can actually increase weeds by exposing the soil surface to sunlight and removing stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues, should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Warm season grasses, like Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine and centipede, should be kept at 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall.
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