Landscaping: Spring Maintenance
As spring is rapidly approaching, the obliging experts at Landscape Supply of Utah are helping homeowners across Utah get their yards in tip-top shape for 2013. Some helpful tips and advice about spring lawn and garden maintenance includes:
- If a homeowner added a thick layer of mulch over perennials at the end of last season, will they burst forth on their own?
- The short answer is that, they may not. It’s best to remove the mulch in the spring months just around the perennials growth so that it can push through.
- Fall dictates that unplanted beds should receive a thick layer of mulch in the winter months. But once spring arrives, what should someone do with all the additional old mulch?
- An environmentally friendly alternative to dealing with old mulch is to use it, provided it has not decomposed severely. Raking the old mulch aside will allow for areas of the new garden to be planted. Mulch can then be spread in between the garden’s aisles to help provide effective, environmentally friendly weed control.
- What are cover crops? How are these handled in the spring months?
- Cover crops are sewn in the fall months to help protect annual flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. They serve two main purposes. First, they put nutrients into the soil and second, by simply rototilling these cover crops in the spring months, gardens are ready to plant.
- When are annual plants ready to plant?
- This is a very common question and the answer depends based on region. For annuals that have been started in a nursery, it is typically safe to plant them after the last frost. For seeds, it is recommended they be planted two weeks after the last frost, helping ensure that the seeds are given maximum ability to thrive in colder conditions.
- What are the best types of spring fertilizers for lawn areas?
- Slow-release fertilizers are excellent and some even offer a four-season schedule, which takes the guess work out of selecting fertilizer types, percentages, etc.
- Should well-established trees be fertilized?
- As trees get older, they still require nutrients, just not as much as a young, budding tree. Consider applying several light fertilizer applications annually.
- When should flowering shrubs be pruned?
- Before pruning, a homeowner should pay careful attention to a plant’s cycle, so as to ensure pruning is not so early so as to disturb the flowering cycle. For shrubs that bloom in the summer or fall seasons, consider pruning in the late winter or early spring months. For shrubs that bloom in the spring, prune after blooms begin to die.
Landscape Supply of Utah offers a wide range of Utah landscaping supplies, including Utah gravel, Utah bark and Utah compost, perfect for this spring and summer’s do-it-yourself landscaping projects.
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