Winter Restlessness

Frost on grass in winter

All the leaves are out of your yard.  All your crape myrtles, trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses and roses have been cut back.  All you really do in your yard now is chase the leaves that the neighbor across the street doesn’t want to rake up….Jeff!  But what else is there to do?  Football is done with for five months.  There’s only so much basketball one person can take.  And you just want to get outside somehow, some way.

Well I suggest two things over the course of the next couple months.  The first is just relax and plan.  It’s a good time to plan what updates you want to do to your landscape.  Which means it’s also a good time to ask a landscaper to help you with some ideas.  Most will come out free of charge this time of year.  But be considerate.  Time is money.  So if you can throw them a bone on your project or with other services they provide.

The second thing you can do is review your weed control and fertilization plan.  As the soil temperatures slowly rise, you’ll experience different levels of weeds.  The caveat is that if you’re starting to see weeds now.  It’s too late.  Those are actually winter weeds.  You should’ve taken preemptive measures months ago.  All we can do now is get in front of the weeds that start when we get soil temperatures consistently above 50 degrees.  So what do you do?  You need to make sure that you have at least one, recommended two rounds of pre-emergence down by the March 15th time frame.  Each round should be applied roughly six weeks apart.  These two rounds will be critical to help with most annual summer weeds.  Keep in mind, there will be some wild fescues and dallisgrasses that are perennial problems that we’ll have to address directly as things warm up.  Unfortunately there’s just not a magic bullet for everything.  We’ll cover how you handle these problems in one of our upcoming spring blogs.

If you have any questions about pre-emergence or need help with one of your projects, just give us a call or fill out our contact form.  We’ll be happy to help.

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