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Soon will be the time we open all the doors and windows, break out the feather duster and fill the garbage can inside to prep for the warm season. Some say that the spring cleaning custom in North America was found practical because it came at the perfect time to open the windows to allow the wind to blow the dust back outside, without the worry of many intruding insects. This was also the time to remove the soot from walls while the coal furnaces were not running.

In recent days, spring is now a time that many have their landscaping investment in the forefront of their mind. Similar to the historical background of spring cleaning, landscape management starts with the spring clean-up to reverse the damaging effects of Old Man Winter. During this time, debris such as sticks, leaves, trash, etc., collected throughout the landscape beds and turf will be removed from site and sent for compost (with the exception of trash of course). Even with a fall clean-up completed at the end of the previous season, many trees such as Ornamental Pear, Oak, and Sweet Gum, just to name a few, drop their leaves much later in the fall season and even into the winter after the snow has already fallen. As a result, there is still plenty of cleaning left to do come spring.

110_1017smSo once we have a clean site we are done for the year spring, right? Not a chance. The site may be clean, however, that is only the first step in making it a healthy, and prosperous landscape investment. A few other steps need to be taken during this time to reach the goals set each year. These steps not only include diagnosing and rectifying damaging winter diseases (like snow mold), but also fertilizing plant material and the prevention of unwanted weeds and saplings.

Sure, there is some stored energy from late fall feedings, but certainly not enough to keep everything going through the growing season. As a result, the necessary feedings are also highly important this time of year. If you happen to have older children, or even remember your younger-self, then you know how many groceries were consumed during active growing periods as teenagers. Plants are also growing and need the extra nourishment (read: nutrients) during these times. A good application of fertilizer added to the turf areas and a deep root feeding to the ornamental plants provide a supplementation of these nutrients to allow these plants to grow and remain healthy. A spring feeding will allow the plants to absorb the nutrients through the vascular system at a time when everything is being sent up from the root zone to the rest of the plant.

With the start of the growing season also comes the mowing season. To prepare for this, the turf needs to be cleared of debris to properly maintain, and safely operate, the equipment used for this service. Poorly maintained equipment can also have damaging effects on the health of the lawn and operating equipment is such conditions can cause personal injury and/or property damage. Additionally, matted and decomposing leaves can leave the landscape susceptible to fungus and disease.

As mentioned, spring is the start of the growing season for not only ornamental plants and turf, but also for the unwanted weeds throughout the landscape. Preparation for these unwanted nuisance plants is vital during this time and the appropriate measure needs to be taken to prevent them. An application of pre-emergent add to the landscape beds and turf areas will help prevent the onslaught of said weeds.

Overall, prepare early for the health of your landscape investment through the warm season. Contact the professionals at Brian-Kyles today for more information and requests as we all eagerly await the arrival of warmer weather!

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