1. Start your lawn fertilization program now! The Grounds Guys recommend multiple treatments for the most common fescue turf in our area. This includes pre-emergent, fertilizations, post-emergent and weed control all performed at the appropriate time during the season.
2. Weed and clear debris from lawn and landscape beds. This includes raking up any debris left on the lawn over the winter and any leaves in the landscaping beds. Inspect shrub and tree health. Our area experienced a very difficult cold stretch in December of 2022 and shrubs and trees are now showing the effects. Early spring is the perfect time to make those replacements as the temperatures are ideal for planting, but don’t wait too long as ground temperatures will be rising to make it more difficult for newly planted materials to establish themselves.
3. Refresh or replace your mulch or other landscape bed materials. Doing this once in the spring and once in the very early fall is recommended. Although it’s not normally necessary to remove the old materials unless it has been years since it’s been done. Prevent “mulch volcanoes” on trees. Mulch should be low and level for the best health of your trees.
4. Start up your irrigation system for the season: fully-tuned and serviced. Make sure your sprinkler heads are reaching into the areas intended and inspect for broken or leaking parts. Adjust run times and make sure the programming is set for the appropriate days and times.