Spring is that magical time of year where we leave the sub-zero temps behind and life bursts forth from its winter slumber. It’s a time when we are all anxious to get out of the house and enjoy the warming weather. Lucky for us, it’s also a great time for landscape maintenance! The following is a list of advice to keep your lawn, trees, and landscape beds looking their best.
After the long winter, there’s a good change your landscape beds look a little rough around the edges. The following is a checklist to get your garden looking its best.
At this time of the year, plants are tolerant of disturbances. Use this opportunity to amend your soil with organic matter, divide any overcrowded perennials, and plant for summer color. This includes bulbs and annuals.
Trees and Shrubs
The focus of tree/shrub maintenance in the spring is death and disease. After you remove any winter protection (if applicable), prune back any dead, broken, or diseased branches. Any summer blooming shrubs can also be pruned for shape at this time of year.
Any fungal disease identified the previous year should be treated now. Fungicide timing is critical and is best applied when new growth has emerged to approximately half its eventual leaf size (or candle size for evergreens). The application should be repeated 2 weeks later. Always follow the safety precautions outlined on the product label. Sargent’s Graden Centers stock an assortment of anti-fungal products.
Good spring lawn care can set you up for success all year long. Dethatching and spring fertilizer should be completed in May as your lawn begins to actively grow and the threat of snow has passed. This will also help you identify any problem areas or winter damage. These areas can be fixed by overseeding or topdressing with amendments.
How to overseed your lawn:
Applying crabgrass control in early spring can help stop crabgrass before it becomes a problem. Keep in mind that a general pre-emergent herbicide will not allow ANY grass seed to germinate including overseed. Therefore, a crabgrass specific treatment is recommended. Visit a Sargent’s Garden Center for product recommendation.
Sargent’s North7955 18th Ave. NWRochester, MN 55901507-289-0022
Sargent’s North is closed for the season. See you in the spring!
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