While it seems like cold days will never end, the warmer temperatures will soon be here once again. The transition from winter to spring is often a welcomed change of seasons as green shoots begin sprouting from the ground and buds start forming on branches. As we wait for spring’s arrival, we can help give our landscape a head start with some basic winter care. So in February and March get your landscape ready for the growing season.
- Prune fruit trees, berry plants and grapevines.
- Do not prune spring flowering shrubs and trees
- Clean out your containers and get them ready for spring planting.
- Cut back ornamental grasses and perennials.
- Begin spring cleanup projects, prune summer flowering shrubs before new growth emerges.
- Check for disease and spray as required
- Fertilize trees and shrubs
- Transplant trees and shrubs once the ground softens
- Apply pre-emergent weed control
- Remove winter protection from shrubs and trees after St. Patrick’s Day.
Do Not Forget the Hardscapes
This is the best time to install hardscapes, the bigger point is that most gardens really, really need some. Paths and patios and water features and fireplaces are the elements that make a garden not just more beautiful but usable. Consider your hardscapes such as sidewalks, walkways and driveways they take a beating during cold weather, too. Extreme temperature changes can cause concrete to expand and crack. Excessive salt accumulation can wear away at surfaces. If they need a little repair now is the time to do it.
Late winter is also a great time to start thinking about your landscaping contractor needs for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Whether you have basic upkeep concerns or want to completely overhaul your landscape design.
Most of These Late Winter Tasks Are Completed Automatically With A&A’s Lawn Care Program
A & A Lawn Care provides a 6 application program to control and prevent weeds from appearing in your lawn.
- Early Spring – This early Spring application includes a fertilizer and pre-emergent herbicide. The fertilizer will promote early Spring green up and add proper nutritional value for the lawn while it is coming out of from winter dormancy. In addition, a pre-emergent herbicide was applied
to protect your lawn from crabgrass and grassy weeds.
- Late Spring/Early Summer – The late Spring application will provide a Spring fertilizer with bio-nutrients, a post emergent herbicide for broadleaf weed control. This will promote a healthy lawn, an additional pre-emergent herbicide will help to control any crabgrass and weeds that may still come up and control broadleaf weeds.
- Early Summer – The early Summer application provides a balanced slow release Summer fertilizer that will help maintain the color of your lawn without pushing growth. This application also contains broadleaf weed control and a safe insect control to protect from surface feeding insects.
- Late Summer – The late Summer application contains a Nature Safe organic fertilizer to work organic matter into your soil where it needs it most. This application also provides broadleaf weed control on an as needed basis.
- Early Fall – This early Fall fertilizer will help green up the grass and help the lawn to recover from any Summer stress. Also, broadleaf weeds that are present will be controlled.
- Late Fall/Winter – This Winter application will thicken your lawn and also encourage new root development.