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It's Almost Spring!!
It's starting to warm up down South. Here in Tennessee we have temperatures in the 60's pushing 70 sometimes. It's time for a few things to be done.
Lawn and Landscape Pre-emergent weed control.
If you haven't already done it, its time to get some weed control down. Using the pre emergent products are easier to control most weeds with. If you stop the weed before it gets out of the ground the lawn looks better, and for landscape beds if you can stop the weed from coming up, you don't have to pull them later. Some landscape plants like ground covers are particularly hard to control weeds, so pre-emergents are the only option. Pick your brand of product, there are several available if you don't know which to use go to our online store and there are a few choices available Lawn and Landscape Chemicals and Products After you find a product you like, apply the weed control granules or spray according to the label instructions.
Most pre-emergent weed control products won't control all the weeds so you will still have to pull a few weeds.
Another good weed control chemical we like is Ornamec, it is a grass killer that will kill grasses growing in your landscape bed without hurting your landscape plants. You can have Bermuda grass crawling all over your plants and smothering them, but with a couple of applications of Vantage, your Bermuda is put in check and the plant is unharmed. Just don't spray this on your lawn, it is a grass killer, so it will kill all grasses, good and bad. On the other hand, it will not kill dandelions or other broadleaf weeds in your beds. It is a selective grass killer.
Put down 4 applications of the weed control granules through the year and spray them with Vantage whenever you see weeds or grasses starting to take hold in your beds.
Aerating is a great and inexpensive thing you can do for your lawn. It is one of the cheapest things you can do and for the money, does more good for your lawn than anything else you may do. Aeration is the equivalent of repotting a houseplant when it becomes root bound. Use a Core Aerator instead of the spike aerator. The core aerator leaves a plug of dirt on top of the ground leaving a hole in the ground, this does far more for the lawn than the spike type aerators, they basically just compact the soil pushing the dirt down and to the sides making a hole. However, they are less expensive and are better than not using one at all.
Lime applications are best done in Fall, followed by Spring. If you haven't already done some lime applications put it down now.
Some will say to get a soil test first, but look if you don't know your lawn by now, you can get one, if you have lived in your home and around your area for years you probably know from history and talking to other people what your lawn needs. Most of the time you cannot hurt your lawn with lime anyway. If you have a lot of trees, and a clay soil you for sure will need lime.
Only if you have an alkaline soil will you not need lime, and that isn't very often, especially in the south.
Broadleaf weed control for the lawn should be done now also. You probably have some winter annual weeds that started growing in the fall and winter. They can be killed now to get rid of them and prevent them from producing seeds and coming back thicker next year. As I have said many times, what you do now is going to help next year as much or more than this year, keep the long term picture in your mind when doing some of the Lawn and Landscape maintenance items we talk about. We like to use the 3-Way Broadleaf Herbicide Tri-Mec, it does a better job for us, we have used it for 27 years with excellent results for our commercial customers.
For more detailed information on weed control look at our Weed Control Page.
Mulching and Pruning of the Landscape Beds is usually done now. Most people like to get this done in spring so the beds look fresh through the early season when everyone is out with landscaping on their minds.
Keep in mind that some plants don't need to be pruned in spring, it depends on the blooming pattern. Azaleas for example if pruned in early spring before they bloom will not bloom as well this year because you will cut off most of the blooms.
A general rule of thumb is to prune after the plant blooms. But it will pay you to do a little research on your particular types of plants to see if they bloom on this years wood or last years wood. That will tell you when to prune.
If you have any questions about anything in your Lawn and Landscape you can Email us we are happy to answer your questions.