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Seasonal Tips

Lawrence Landscape DesignSpring
  • Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer. (This is optional if you fertilized in the fall or winter)

  • Aerate the lawn to treat compacted soil.

  • Mulch with organic matter, if necessary.

  • Sharpen your mower blades at the start of the season.
Summer
  • Learn the signs of bug infestation, and head them off before they get settled in.

  • Water your lawn weekly if rain is scarce or your soil is poor. Otherwise, water only when rainfall is delayed more than 10 days.

  • Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them.

  • Sharpen your mower blade again halfway through the season.
Autumn
  • Water trees and shrubs thoroughly mulched before the first frost.

  • But don’t over water! Plants and shrubs should be expected to look a little brown in September and October.

  • Mulch with organic material, or mow a layer of fallen leaves into the lawn.

  • Fertilize your lawn around Thanksgiving to promote strong root growth during winter.

  • Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter to prevent its matting under snow.
Winter
  • Put burlap windscreens around less hardy plants if they’re in exposed areas.

  • Use a broom to brush snow away from evergreen trees gently, to keep the weight from breaking the limbs.

  • If ice or snow does break tree limbs, have the limbs removed as soon as weather permits – damaged trees are prone to disease.

  • Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you’re shoveling snow.

  • Avoid walking on frosted or snow-covered lawns.

  • Use only non-salt de-ices for sidewalks and driveways, so the runoff doesn’t harm plants.

  • Salt will damage grass, perennials, and shrubs, and will keep the plants from absorbing much-needed water.

  • Check any perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots popping out of the ground. If they have, gently push them back into place, and add mulch.