Landscaping Tips for the Spring Season

Spring season (March – May)

Trees and shrubs:
• Prune trees to shape and raise undercarriage
• Trim crape myrtles and Liriope
• Prune rose bushes
• Fertilize trees and shrubs
• Inspect for insects and disease, treating as necessary

Lawns:
• Gradually lower warm season turf to appropriate turf height of 1” (Bermuda) or 1.5” (Zoysia)
• Apply pre-emergent weed control over entire lawn
• Apply post-emergent weed-control as needed
• Inspect for insects and disease, treating as necessary
• Mow, trim, and edge lawn areas as needed

Planted beds (softscapes):
• Apply a fresh layer of mulch to beds
• Remove weeds, sticks, debris, etc., from planted areas
• Apply pre-emergent weed control in planted areas
• Apply post-emergent weed control as needed
• Inspect for insects and disease, treating as necessary
• Begin spring flower installation after the last frost, usually May 15th or later (annuals, perennials, herbs)
• Maintain planted areas by deadheading flowers, weeding, and fertilizing as necessary

Hardscapes, water features, irrigation systems, and outdoor lighting:
• Reset automatic timers on outdoor lighting when Daylight Savings Time begins
• Turn on and inspect irrigation systems after May 1st
• Fill, treat, and open water features as necessary after May 1st
• Check outdoor lighting fixtures for damage, replacing bulbs if necessary
• Inspect hardscapes for any damage caused by winter weather, repairing as necessary

Additional:
• Finalize design and installation plans for this year’s landscaping projects
• Finalize and sign maintenance contracts with a reputable landscape management firm