Your landscaped beds, shrubs and lawn are big investments. You want to get your money’s worth from them.
To have a beautiful, healthy lawn and landscape in Northern Georgia, you need to practice sound maintenance habits as well as hire the right lawn and landscape maintenance company to help you with your plant health care needs.
In this blog, you’ll learn four tips that you can instantly employ to have a successful spring landscape maintenance program.
Landscaping and Lawn Care
While you may hire a company to professionally apply fertilizer and weed control to your lawn and landscapes, you, too, as the homeowner need to practice spring maintenance chores. When you practice smart cultural habits, you’ll find that your lawn grass is thick and healthy as well as your plants, shrubs and trees are colorful and thriving.
Here are four tips for a successful spring landscape maintenance program:
- Proper irrigation techniques: Did you know it’s best to water your lawn in the early hours of the morning? Ideally, you should set your irrigation system to go off before the sun comes up so there is less evaporation.
Also, you only need to give your lawn a good, deep soaking—only 1”-1.5” per week. If it rains, that amount goes toward the weekly irrigation total—saving you money on your water bill.
How do you know if your lawn got the recommended 1”-1.5” of water?
Put out rain gauges or coffee cans in different parts of your property to make sure your lawn is getting an even soaking. If you notice one area getting too much water and another place getting too little, you’ll need to adjust your sprinkler heads for a more even distribution.
The goal is for the water to soak deep, up to 8” inches, into the ground so your lawn grass develops a strong, deep root system. When your grass has a deep root system, it can better survive a drought and fight off diseases and insect infestation.
- Proper mowing methods: How low you mow your lawn will affect its health. First, it’s vital that your mower blades are kept sharp. A dull mower blade won’t give a clean cut and can open the grass plants to injury and disease. Dull blades will make your lawn look dull too.
Second, you should only take off the first third of your lawn grass when you mow. Forty years ago, many people mowed their lawns leaving only an inch or so. Turf Science has since proven that a longer lawn is a healthier lawn.
When you mow too low, you allow weeds to develop to compete with your lawn grass.
Third, let your clippings stay on your lawn. Today’s mowers, especially mulching mowers, finely chop your grass clippings they quickly dissolve back into the soil.
There’s an added benefit to leaving grass clippings on your lawn too. You give your property an added boost of nitrogen through your spent grass clippings.
Set your mower to mow at these heights:
Bermuda grass –.75” to 2” (1.5” is ideal).
Centipede grass – 1” to 2” (1.5” is ideal).
Fescue blends – 2.5” to 4” (3” is ideal).
Zoysia grass – .75” to 2” (1.5” is ideal).
- Proper Pruning Practices: Your shrubs need a trim just like you do. Spring is the best time to prune your shrubs since they’re starting to leaf out, and you can still see the basic shape of the shrub. Here are some basic pruning practices to put in place:
- Get rid of deadwood: You can tell what’s deadwood because it’s brown and brittle. If you’re not sure if a branch is dead, make a nick with a knife. If you see green, the plant’s still alive; if it’s brown, it’s deadwood.
Cut the deadwood down to the branch’s joint—but don’t cut at the joint. Instead, cut an inch or so from the joint.
- Get rid of crossing or rubbing branches: Look for any crossing or rubbing branches. Cut those branches that take away from the shrub’s shape or are popping up in the middle. Only keep branches that are moving toward the outside.
- Respect the shrub’s natural shape: Every shrub has a basic shape – circular, vase-like or box-like. Know the shapes of each of your shrubs before you prune them. Also, cut back sprouts that form through the center of your shrubs to keep the plants’ height in check.
- Stand back and check your work: Before you’re finished, stand back from your shrub and see what still needs trimming.
- Don’t worry if you cut too much: What happens if you cut too much? Nothing. Your shrub will survive and fill out within the next year or two.
- Hire a lawn and garden professional to apply quality fertilizer and pest control products to your lawn and landscaped beds: Your final step to a successful spring landscape maintenance program involves hiring the right person to oversee your lawn and landscapes’ health. When you hire a professional lawn and landscape company to properly apply fertilization treatments as well as weed and insect controls, you can be sure that your lawn will be green and thick. Plus, your landscapes will be colorful and thriving.
Your goal for this spring lawn and landscape maintenance program should include the above cultural controls and hiring the right company to take care of the rest.
If you’re ready to hire a lawn and landscape company to help your North Georgia property look healthy and vibrant this spring, call us at Agropro Lawn, 678-445-9990 or fill out our contact form.
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), “Shaping Your Shrubs.”
Agropro Lawn Care Service~ Agropro provides Lawn Care and Plant Health Care services to these areas in North Georgia: Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Woodstock.