When Spring weather approaches, it’s time to focus on your landscape care and maintenance. As warm weather arrives, your grass, shrubs, trees and flowers grow at a rapid pace. Proper care and maintenance is essential to prevent overgrown grass and plants, outdoor pests, and diseases that can destroy your landscape. Take a look at some Spring landscaping tips to keep your yard beautiful.
Fertilize Your Lawn and Plants
After a cold winter, your lawn and plants need fertilizer to jump-start healthy, new growth. Fertilizer provides iron, potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen that encourages plant growth and strong root systems. An organic or slow-release fertilizer works well for most types of grass and plants found in North Carolina climates. When using fertilizer, following feeding instructions and schedules is important to prevent damage. Using a fertilizer that’s too strong or fertilizing too frequently can burn your grass and plants, turning leaves yellow or brown. Since fertilizer stimulates new leaf and root growth, you may need to mow your lawn with your ventrac 4500z mower more often during Spring.
Mulch Around Plants and Garden Beds
Many homeowners don’t realize that mulch provides benefits for their landscape. By adding mulch in garden beds and around trees, shrubs and plants, you create a protective layer of material that adds moisture to the soil; creates even soil temperatures; prevents soil erosion and compaction; reduces weed growth; and adds a finished, well-manicured appearance to your landscape. You can choose from a variety of organic mulches that provide nutrients, as well as using fresh grass clippings.
Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
Early Spring is the best time to prune your trees and shrubs to maximize new growth and stimulate strong roots. Bare branches will make pruning easier, so you can make proper cuts. If you make pruning mistakes, new Spring growth will hide them. If you neglected landscape maintenance during the winter, you likely have overgrowth that needs to be trimmed back. Overgrown trees and shrubs will make your landscape look ill-maintained and invite plant diseases, as well as outdoor pests to your home and landscape.