Spring is ushering in long-awaited warm temperatures, which are perfect for those that enjoy the outdoors. Many landscaping professionals are aching to get back to the rewarding process of maintaining the external parts of their facility. Omnia360 understands this excitement, and we’re right there with you!
In today’s blog, we’ll go over our recommended checklist for basic elements of lawn care and landscaping services that will help your facility look its best.
Check For Success:
- Inspect your trees and shrubs. Spruce up for Spring with a thorough inspection of your yard. Look for any branches that might be broken or damaged. Any damage, or overgrown branches can be pruned to prepare them for their best mid-season blooms.
- Test your soil. Testing your soil once every few years is vital to ensure it has the proper pH balance and nutrients. You can usually test your soil at the local state agricultural extension office. Asking lawn care or landscaping professionals about ph balance is also an excellent avenue to go for those new to outdoor lawn care.
- Fertilize your lawn. The decision about whether or not to fertilize should be based on the nutrition requirements needed for certain soil conditions.
Here are just a few additional tips for fertilizing your lawn:
- Determine your soil nutrient needs through testing. If your soil does need nutrients, it is important to make sure you choose a fertilizer that matches these needs.
- Make sure you fertilize at the optimum time of the year for your lawn’s specific variety of grass. Interestingly enough, not all grass varietals require fertilizing during Spring.
- It is best to choose a slow-release, or controlled-release, fertilizer to reduce possible losses to the environment and increase nutrient absorption. In certain situations, it may help to use organic materials, which can improve the health of your soil.
- It is important to read the label on the fertilizer bag, and to know the exact size of your lawn. Using too much fertilizer can harm your lawn which results in costs that might not fit into the original budget.
Check a Bit More:
- Control for Weeds. Spring is a wise time to apply pre-emergent weed control for weeds such as crabgrass. One hint on timing is that when forsythia is in full bloom, it’s usually the perfect time to apply a crabgrass weed preventer.
- Keep planting beds neat and tidy. Raking the old leaves and debris from plant beds and creating neat, natural edges around the beds using an edging tool will provide top results for an orderly and aesthetic appeal.
- Add an inch-thick layer of fresh mulch to plant beds and around trees. Mulch shouldn’t cover tree trucks, and should never be allowed to accumulate to be over 3-inches in depth. Mulch not only makes planting areas look neat, but also helps to retain moisture in the soil, keeping roots cool in the summer and protected from frost in the winter. As the mulch decomposes, it adds nutrients from the decomposed organic matter into the soil.
- Inspect your irrigation system. Once the weather has warmed up for the year, turn on your irrigation system and inspect it to see if it is in working condition. If you have a landscape or irrigation company, they can do this for you as well.
Get Quality Facility Management & Lawn Care Services
Here at Omnia360 we understand how important it is that your facility has proper lawn care and facility management as part of spring cleaning. Our staff of cross-trained professionals can ensure your facility is well-managed.
If you have any additional questions about our services, we want to hear from you! For more information about seasonal landscape care, contact Omnia360 in Cincinnati.