Seasonal Information

SPRING - SUMMER - FALL - WINTER 

SPRING

People are enjoying the outdoors and the flowers are beginning to bloom.  Just as people usually embark on spring cleaning their homes, it is also as important to take care of their lawn.  There a just a few things that you can do that are crucial for a beautiful lawn year-round. Spring lawn fertilizer is an integral part of spring lawn care.  Spring lawn care is so important because it helps prepare your lawn for the hot months of summer.  Many grass types will need to establish strong root systems to endure the harsh conditions of summer.

The warming temperatures and regular rainfall of spring make for a perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, and flowers but not grass.  Be sure, though, not to plant until the threat of frost is over.  And remember, any season is the right season to make sure your shrubs and trees are properly mulched as mulching helps regulate temperatures and maintain proper soil moisture.  But be sure to avoid mulching directly around the base of trees and shrubs as this can lead to rot. Spring is also the perfect time to make sure your irrigation or sprinkler system is in good working order before summer arrives.  As far as lawn care, you should raise your mower blade unless you have Bermuda grass.  It is also a good idea of make sure your mower blades have been sharpened.

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SUMMER

The hot temperatures of summer usually mean one thing – watering.  The best thing to do is to find out the specific water needs of your lawn, trees, shrubs and ornamental plants as over-watering can be as detrimental as drought.  The primary rule of summer watering is to water thoroughly and deeply each time, allowing for the soil to dry off a bit before watering again.  It is also suggested to do your watering in the morning hours so the leaves can dry off a bit before the hot sun hits them.  Evening hours is sometimes acceptable if the temperatures are warm enough to insure foliage drying out before the temperature starts to drop overnight.  Wet leaves and foliage makes plants more susceptible to fungus and diseases.

Cut your grass at the proper height.  On average, turf type tall fescue – 3 to 3 ½ inches; Zoysia – 1 to 2 inches; Centipede – 1 ½ to 2 inches; Hybrid Bermuda – 1 to 1 ½ inches; Common Bermuda – 2 inches. Remember to also change directions when mowing your lawn to have a more even cut. And just as spring, mulching can be done at any time of the year.  Properly mulched trees and shrubs will be regulate plant temperatures and maintain proper soil moisture.

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FALL

Even though the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler as Fall approaches, there are still plenty of things to do in your yard and garden. One of the most important things you can do for your lawn in the Fall is to Aerate and Seed.  The heavily compacted clay soils of the Piedmont restrict the water and air content of the soil, which are very important to plant and grass growth and health.  Aerating, removing cores of soil, helps break up the compacted soil, providing oxygen for the roots and helps develop rich topsoil.  Your grass will have greater nutrient uptake giving you better and deeper root growth.

The average life cycle of fescue is about 3 years and every year, the normal fescue lawn loses about 1/3 of grass; it only makes sense to replace it. Fall is also the best time to plant your spring bulbs to give you a fantastic display of color come Spring. Prune any dead or diseased branches from trees and shrubs and be sure to give your trees and shrubs one last good drink of water before the cold weather arrives. And remember, mulching can be done at any time of the year.  Properly mulched trees and shrubs will be regulate plant temperatures and maintain proper soil moisture.

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WINTER

Winter is an excellent time to prune your trees and shrubs.  Do not, however, prune plants that bloom in the Spring as you could remove next Spring’s flowers.  Prune these plants after the blooms fall off in the Spring. And remember, mulching can be done at any time of the year. Properly mulched trees and shrubs will be regulate plant temperatures and maintain proper soil moisture. Winterize your lawn with a fertilizer.  Nature’s Select starts Spring lawn treatments mid to late winter.

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