After a long winter we are finally on the verge of spring here in the northwest! It’s the time of year to dust off the lawnmower and start thinking about your lawn, flowerbeds and shrubs. Below are a few tips and suggestions to help you get your yard in shape for the upcoming growing months.
Let’s begin with the lawn. Probably the most important thing to do right now is to fertilize now and set up a schedule that will keep applying fertilizer every six weeks throughout the spring and summer months. Putting down turf building fertilizer on regular intervals will help build strong roots to get your lawn through the drier periods that come later in the summer. Plan on mowing your lawn once a week and set your mower height to about 2 inches.
Your trees and shrubs also need some attention this time of year. Like the lawn, you should apply a good general fertilizer to your shrubs, perennials and trees. Osmocote is a good brand available at most any home or garden center. Nature should do its part in keeping everything moist, but if you have newly planted items, make sure to keep them moist if they dry out. Concentrate your watering efforts on the root ball and not the foliage for maximum benefits.
Some other general tips include keeping leaves and other debris off of the lawn to maximize exposure from the sun. It takes several days of warm, dry weather to eliminate wet spots on the lawn. And don’t forget to fertilize!
Summer is on its way with all of the outdoor activities and fun that come alone with it. Get your yard ready for barbecues, family fun time and relaxing in the sun.