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Seasonal Awareness: Making a Plan to Prepare for the Change, Part I

Spring, summer, fall, and winter…each season requires its own preparations as far as landscaping care is concerned, even if your climate is generally mild and doesn’t change much throughout the year. Seasons still affect the way that plants, trees, shrubs, and turf grow; and maintaining their health throughout the year will still require certain treatments and tools that you may not know about. Remember, what you do this season will also have a direct bearing on the next, so make things easier on yourself by being prepared; and talk to a local landscaping maintenance team about lawn spraying services, tree and shrub maintenance, and other ways that you can get your property ready to weather the change.

Everything’s Springing Up Roses…Are You Ready?

Before spring rolls around, take a look at the tools in your garage to make sure you’re prepared to hit the ground running when things start going into full bloom. What do you have, and what kind of condition is it in? Even if you own most of the basic lawn care tools already, they might not be in the best shape, which means you’ll need to replace them or repair them; but you might need to make some additional purchases, as well, depending on the size of your property and just what kind of landscaping you have.

Some tips for the well-stocked property-owner’s garden shed or garage? Make a list and check it twice:

  • Several types of rake, including a hard tooth rake
  • Shovels
  • Hand tools including pruning shears and trowels
  • Hoses
  • Lawn mower
  • Weed-eater
  • Aerator
  • Grass seed
  • Herbicide
  • Fertilizers
  • Rain gauge

Make sure the blades on all of your tools are sharp; and buy a replacement blade for the mower, just to have on hand. Check the mower’s filters and spark plugs to make sure they’re functioning well, put new gas in the tank, and clean it of any leftover dirt and grime from its last season of use. Remember, spring is the time of year that your lawn will really begin to grow again; it’s important to wait for that first trim, though, until it’s dry. It’s also an ideal time to fertilize, so break out the aerator and get to work! For the most effective aeration, wait until it’s very recently rained. De-thatch the lawn as well, using a hard tooth rake–it’ll ensure that your lawn is receiving the maximum benefits from any water it receives; and start pulling up any weeds that are starting to sprout up. Do a test-run of your sprinklers now, and if there’s anything that needs a tweak, make sure that you’ve fixed it before summer heat kicks in to high gear.

For more seasonal planning tips, check out Part II, and give the professionals at Executive Landscaping, Inc., a call today!