As we work our way into spring, are you thinking ahead to the maintenance of your landscape? Now is the time to begin your landscape clean up and prepare your lawn and garden for spring time. Fredell Enterprises has a few Spring lawn care tips for you!
Although Colorado offers late season skiing into April or even May for some lucky locations, the Colorado Springs area averages a daily maximum temperature for March that’s between 50 and 57°F, with the minimum temperature usually falling between 26 and 32°F. The month of March is when Colorado Springs days start to warm up noticeably, and gardeners can be seen readying their beds for planting. In this article, we’ll cover a list of items that should be on every Colorado homeowner’s spring landscape clean up list.
One step in spring lawn care that helps Colorado gardens grow best is mulching around plant beds. Mulch helps keep the weeds at bay and helps the soil retain warmth and water, which means less watering for you and better conditions for your plants. Whether you use wood or rock mulch, March is a good time to check for early weed growth by removing any debris, dirt, fallen leaves, or other organic matter from your mulch beds. A simple hand-held blower is a great way to clean up your plant beds, and new weeds can be easily removed by hand. Over time, your wood mulch will diminish due to wind and weather, so be prepared to replace about one third of it every three years or so. A depth of three to four inches is sufficient; any less will leave the ground too exposed to adverse conditions, any more and you may restrict the flow of oxygen to plant roots.
Watering and irrigation systems.
We hope you’ve been watering your plants during the winter months. Winter watering is critical to minimizing stress on plants and will reduce futile attempts to revitalize dead plants in the spring. Watering deeply and infrequently encourages deep root growth, which expands your plants’ ability to find the water and nutrients they need. This helps reduce the amount of supplemental water and fertilizer your plants need. If you have an irrigation system in place, perform an audit at the beginning of each season and adjust accordingly to ensure efficiency.
- Ensure that heads are spraying in the correct direction
- Check head filters
- Sod should have complete head to head coverage
Another lawn care tip for Spring is to adjust your irrigation to current weather conditions, and water during the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. once the threat of frost is gone but avoid watering under windy conditions. You won’t need to water on days when it has rained more than ¼ inch. If you don’t have an irrigation system yet, call Fredell Enterprise at 719-630-1355. We have proudly served the Pikes Peak Region and surrounding areas along the Front Range including Woodland Park and the I-25 corridor for over three decades, providing top quality service for all budgets. We are a local, family owned and operated firm that offers top quality, full service landscape architecture, design, and construction for Colorado homeowners.
An aerated lawn is a healthy lawn. Aerating allows for better water, air, and fertilizer absorption. If you didn’t core-aerate your lawn last fall, it can still be done now as weather permits. Another useful lawn care tip: when mowing, use sharp blades set at the highest setting to help shield the soil from the sun and retain moisture better. Using dull mower blades will make ragged cuts that turn the tips off your grass brown, which can trigger the incorrect response of watering more. Brown spots should be watered by hand rather than watering the entire lawn with the irrigation system. When fertilizing, consider reducing the application rate of nitrogen, as it creates lush, fast growth, which uses more water. March is a good month to cut back any ornamental grasses to a height of 2–3 inches and trim away dead or damaged branches from shrubs and trees. If your landscape includes flowering perennials, trim them to a height of 4–5 inches to allow new growth to emerge.
Water features are a beautiful, natural addition to any garden or outdoor living space. Whether you opt for a waterfall, pond, stream, bird bath, or fountain, the sound of water adds a relaxing and pleasant element to your landscape, especially in the dry Colorado climate. Winter storms may have left debris in your water feature, and extreme cold may have caused cracks or damage in hard surfaces. Clean out any debris present and check for damage winter may have left behind. You may need to add water due to evaporation or splash loss, and March is a great time to check any pumps to ensure they remain in good working order.