February Lawn Care Tips
- This month is a good month to plan those flower/shrub beds about which you may have been procrastinating. After designing on paper, form their borders in the lawn with a garden hose to get a better idea of the actual shape and size.
- Pre-emergent can be applied. Pre-emergent means that it must be applied before the weed germinates. It prevents germination of the seed. Once the weed is visible, it is too late to apply a pre-emergent. Post emergent chemical controls will work after you see the weeds.
- In your current beds, eliminate the weeds, turn the soil, add organic materials and blend it in to a depth of 4-6 inches. This will prepare it for spring flower planting. For new shrub planting, blend the organics in to a depth of 6-8 inches. Rear tine tillers work well for this task. Now is a good time to plant the shrubs, the roots will have time to spread a bit prior to our summer heat. Top your beds with a good layer of mulch, 2-4 inch minimum.
- After Valentines Day is a good time to prune your roses, not the climbing varieties. This is also a good month to plant roses. Make sure you keep the graft onion (the base of the stems) about 2 inches above ground level.
- If you prune your crape myrtles, now is the time. Crapes bloom on the current years new growth. Some authorities say never prune crapes, others say it is OK. It is your choice.
- Groundcover stays green year around, but you can trim it by setting your mower at its highest level and mowing it, or a good weedeater trimmer will do the job too.
- If you hire out your regular lawn maintenance work to professionals, call them now for an estimate so you can get on their schedule for this season. Ask the Company about their reliability, their work quality standards, their billing process, their trust-ability on your property and of course their costs. Ask any other questions you feel are appropriate. If all the answers sound good, hire the Company then and there to get on their schedule. We would be very happy to help you with this. 90% of our work is in residential lawn maintenance and landscaping.
Some projects to consider for your property in the outdoor cooler season:
- Do you need a French drain system to keep your property drained? The spring heavy rains WILL come, and time is in short supply once spring hits in March.
- Would you like a retaining wall to get more usable space in your yard?
- Do your curb trees need limbs removed so cars can park and people can use the sidewalk?
- Do other trees need canopies raised or thinned out? Do shrubs need trimming?
- Would you like to change the looks of your landscaping?
- New or redesigned beds installed– new shrubs and or trees planted
- New bed edging, steel, natural stone, paverstone—new mulch
- Additional patio space with patio stones, square blocks etc.
- Create a new outdoor enjoyment area from scratch
You may consider planning ahead. You might even save some money in the long run.