Seasonal Yard Care: From Winter to Spring
What kind of seasonal yard care should you focus on this spring?
Transitioning from winter to spring mainly involves preparatory work in your yard. Things tend to warm up a bit earlier here in North Texas, so some plants may be emerging from dormancy before “true” spring arrives.
With the days slowly getting warmer and longer, you want to start paying attention to the activity among the plant life in your lawn and garden. Do you have some leaves and grass patches that have decided to go ahead and green up?
….Do you have a few weeds that have sprouted as well?
Now is the time to be proactive about seasonal yard care by addressing weeds, cleaning, and fertilization as the spring season heads our way.
Weeds and Feeds
In case you missed it, we recently discussed Spring Weed Pre-Emergents, which is a great resource for knowing when and how to apply these chemicals to your yard. Pre-emergent herbicides are effective in heading off hard-to-kill intruders like crabgrass before they get a chance to take over.
On the other hand, there are a lot of broadleaf weeds that overwinter pretty well, and they will begin to show up as soon as the soil reaches a consistent temperature of about 55 degrees. Don’t hesitate to take a look around for these eager intruders, and head them off with a post-emergent spray treatment.
Most experienced homeowners who take a hand in their own yard work are aware that a healthy lawn is the best deterrent against weeds. February is considered an appropriate month to go ahead and apply an initial fertilizer treatment to boost your grass growth.
Here is a great guide for Texas fertilizing schedules. Meanwhile, the important thing is to do your best not to apply the first treatment before the season’s last freeze. Any Texan knows that can be hard to predict, but actively growing grass will benefit the most from a fertilizer treatment.
The other part of seasonal yard care for spring is simply making sure your yard is free of any debris that may be blocking the grass or soil. Hopefully you’ve done a bit of maintenance over the winter, but if you haven’t, it’s definitely time to break out the rake.
Make sure you take a look around your hedges and in any garden beds or outside planters you’ve got. A buildup of organic matter, left to rot in the winter moisture, is a sure bet for mold and algae.
Dry debris can be mown down into mulch, but anything wet should be thrown out to avoid microbes and yard pests. Additionally, you should take a moment to pick up and throw out any twigs and branches that may have fallen from trees and shrubbery.
- February is a great time to apply pre-emergent herbicides.
- Be on the lookout as well for broadleaf weeds that are sprouting early.
- Now is the time to apply your first fertilizer treatment for the year.
- Clean out any debris that has built up over your grass and soil.
Need some help with seasonal yard care projects? Don’t hesitate to contact us for a service quote!
Published on February 7th, 2020
Updated on March 14th, 2020