Spring is ushering in long-awaited warm temperatures, which is perfect for those that love enjoying the outdoors. Many hoppy yard workers, or professionals are aching to get back into 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. As king a lawncare or landscaping professional 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 soil conditions. Below are a few tips on 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’s 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.
- Control 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 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 organization and aesthetic appeal.
- Add an inch-thick layer of fresh mulch to plant beds, and around trees. Avoid letting the mulch touch tree trunks, and never let the mulch accumulate to more than a 3-inch depth. Mulch not only makes planting areas look neat, but also helps to retain moisture in the soil. This keeps roots cool in the summer, and insulates them in the winter. As mulch decomposes, it adds nutrients needed 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.
Here at Omnia360 we understand the importance involved with proper Spring cleaning and maintenance for landscaping and lawncare. If you have any additional questions, we’d love to hear from you! For more seasonal landscape care, contact Omnia360 in Cincinnati.