Here are some recommendations for preparing your landscape for the active growing season.
- If the ground is not frozen, begin weed removal.
- Tune up small engines. If you did not properly prepare your mower, hedger or edger for the winter, you may want to bring these into a small engine repair shop. A general tune up may be done at home, but leave rebuilding the carburetor to the pros.
- Cut back any remaining perennials or grasses. Shape summer flowering shrubs.
- Schedule for a licensed landscape contractor to activate your irrigation system. The system should be careful checked; repairs and adjustments made.
- Fertilize trees, shrubs, perennials and lawn
- Now is a good time to dethatch the lawn if it needs it. The lawn should be actively growing. If the lawn feels spongy and there is a thick layer of dead grass below the fresh blades, you should dethatch. This allows for improved intake of moisture and nutrients.
- Memorial Day is our typical “safe time” to plant annual pots and borders.
- Spring flowering shrubs can usually be pruned now. “Prune After Bloom” applies to Forsythia, Lilac and Quince to name a few.