Ahhh. Spring is here and it’s finally warm enough to get outside and get that lawn and landscape in order. After a long winter, there’s plenty to do. Just to make sure you don’t miss any important steps, the lawn and landscape pros at Ashton Walden Turf Services have created a spring lawn & landscape checklist for you to follow. Not everything may apply to you, but if you follow our list, you won’t miss anything either. Enjoy being outside!
Lawn Care Checklist
Apply Fertilizer and Pre and Post-Emerge Weed Control – you want to make sure to give your lawn a good start and give your weeds a bad start. A good weed and feed product is easy to apply and will help your lawn look greener and have fewer weeds to start with.
Start Watering on a Schedule – as the weather warms up, you’ll want to give your grass some encouragement by watering it regularly (assuming Mother Nature isn’t already doing it for you).
Sprinkler Startup – if you have a sprinkler system, turn it on and inspect it for leaks, broken sprayer heads, etc. Then double-check the patterns and schedule to confirm that it is set how you want it.
Mow Regularly – there are some rules to mowing. Never cut off more than1/3 of the blade length. This makes it hard for the grass blade to generate enough nutrition to keep it healthy. It also allows sunlight to penetrate to the soil, which will encourage weed growth.
Clean Landscaped Areas – even if you cleaned up the leaves last fall, Mother Nature surely blew new ones into your garden beds and landscaped areas over the winter. Clean up all leaves and dead plant debris.
Plant Annuals – add any annual flowers for a splash of color.
Mulch Flower and Shrub Beds – mulching helps to protect plants from the sun and to keep water from evaporating.
Scale Treatment – watch for bugs and diseases on trees. Scales are sucking insects that insert tiny, strawlike mouthparts into bark, fruit, or leaves. Their presence can be easily overlooked because they do not resemble insects. There are three kinds of scale that we see here in the Lubbock area – Eriococcus, Kermes, and Leucanium. A well-timed soil drench can provide good control of most species.
Enjoy the great outdoors and be sure to let us know if you need any help with your lawn, trees or shrubs. Ashton Walden Turf Services is ready to help. Just give us a call at (806) 632-3571 and we’ll be glad to come take a look.