- Use a pre-emergent to nip pesky weeds in the bud. Timing of application is essential – typically mid-March is best.
- Aerate, fill in bare spots, and overseed thinning lawns.
- Watering. If we’ve had an unusually dry Spring, go ahead and water the lawn either by hand or with a sprinkler. Wait to fire up your irrigation system until Mother's Day, unless you have wrapped or insulated your backflow (call us if you have questions about this).
Trees & Shrubs
- Keep your trees and shrubs in good shape by keeping them tidy. Prune broken or cracked branches that may have been damaged in the winter.
- Clean away winter mulch and leaves, leaving some space around the where the plants enter the earth to give them some fresh air.
- Cut back dead parts of the plants (including ornamental grasses) to anywhere from six to 12 inches (depending on the plant).
- Clip off all seed heads and stalks left from Fall.
- Prune to about 12 inches tall after Mother's Day. When pruning, make the cut at a place in the stalk where there is a leaf cluster that has five leaves on it.
Cut ornamental grasses to about a foot tall. Wear long heavy gloves for this task, as the leaves of these grasses can be razor sharp. It helps to have two people doing this task so cleanup is easier and the cut looks nice and clean across.