It’s Time for Spring Ops

Before April showers bring those lovely May flowers, a thorough spring cleanup should be completed on your commercial landscape to freshen it and get it ready for spring growth.  As the winter snow melts away, your landscape can be left looking anything but attractive and welcoming.  Your landscape is a reflection of your company, and although we may feel worn and weary after a hard winter, you don’t want your landscape to look that way!

Spring Operations can not only make your landscape looking fresh, but it can give your lawn and plants the boost they need to be beautiful throughout the year.

Tree and shrub care.  Trees and shrubs are an important part of your landscape.  Besides aesthetics, trees and shrubs absorb pollutants and provide oxygen, cool the area, prevent erosion, muffle sounds, and provide privacy.  They add character to your property.  Proper care for them begins in early spring.  We’ll prune and shape all trees and shrubs and clear away any dead branches, making sure they’re healthy and ready for new growth.

Spring Cleanup.  The ice, snow, and wind of winter storms can bring down branches and blow around lots of debris.  Rotting leaves and litter are breeding grounds for mold and mildew and playgrounds for pests, and make your landscape shabby and neglected.  They also smother any grass or plants growing beneath them.  Removing leaves, weeds, fallen branches and litter will freshen your landscape and get it ready for the growing season.

Maintain flower beds.  We’ll prepare the soil and plant new annuals and prepare the flower beds for the emergence of annuals.

Edging.  Before new mulch is applied, edging should be redone.  Edging around flower beds, plant beds, and trees keeps grass from growing into them and weeds from popping up in them.  A sharp edging, whether done manually or with the help of a mechanical edger, gives your landscape a crisp, well-manicured look.

Apply pre-emergent herbicide on beds. Weeds always turn up like a bad penny.  But you can minimize the number of weeds that pop up by treating areas early.  Pre-emergent herbicides provide an extra layer of protection against weeds and should be applied before mulch is put down, and then re-applied in the fall.  It must be applied before weeds germinate to be effective.  It works great in preventing dandelions, thistle, clovers, crabgrass, spurges, and more.

Apply turf treatments.  A 65% slow-release granular fertilizer with a pre-emergent herbicide should be applied to lawns in spring, followed later in spring by a second treatment of crabgrass pre-emergent with fertilizer and broadleaf weed control.  These treatments will give your lawns a great head start with spring growth and with the fight against weeds!

Apply mulch.  Removing old, worn mulch and putting down a fresh layer early in the spring can aid the herbicides in preventing weeds from germinating and inhibits the weeds that do manage to germinate from surviving.  It also helps soil retain moisture, maintain a more constant temperature, and promote overall good health for the soil.  Mulch is also an effective tool in the fight against soil erosion.

After a long, cold winter, spring brings the feeling of fresh starts and new beginnings.  It’s the right time to give your landscape a thorough cleaning so it’s looking new and fresh and is a true reflection of your business.

At Bluegrass Landscaping and Maintenance, our professional landscape technicians can get your landscape ready for spring and looking beautiful in no time.  Call us today at (314) 770-2828 to schedule your spring ops!