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February Is Time To Prepare For Spring

Hopefully our snow season is over and with the groundhog predicting an early spring, we'll be getting some warm days to get outside. Now is a great time to start preparing for spring.Here is a checklist of some of the best chores to perform:

  • Pick up and dispose of leaves and winter debris 
  • Finish dormant pruning of trees, such as Crepe Myrtles
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicide to the lawn to help prevent crab grass and broadleaf weeds
  • Access winter damage to plants and prune or replace as necessary
  • Check your seasonal equipment now before the repair shops get overwhelmed
  • Sharpen the blade on lawn mower and other pruning equipment

It looks like the hot, dry summer weather has finally broken! June, July and the first part of August were unusually hot and dry this year. As a result, everyone’s lawns are going into the fall much more stressed and weak than normal. However, a little preparation now, can likely mean your best lawn ever come next spring and summer.

Aeration


The first step is aerating the soil. An aerator pulls plugs out of your soil. This helps loosen compacted soil and allows air and water to reach the roots. This helps your roots grow more deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn for next spring. In turn, that better prepares the grass for the heat and stress of the summer months. Aerating is also the best way to dethatch your lawn since it puts less stress on it. By aerating in the late summer, you give your lawn a fall growing season and a spring growing season to deepen roots a prepare for next summer.

Fall Seeding


When aeration is combined with a late summer or early fall reseeding, you double your benefit. Not only does the aeration help your existing grass, but disturbing the top soil also gives your new seeds a great way to make contact with the earth to ensure better germination rates and a thicker more healthy lawn. By giving these seedlings a typically cooler fall and moister growing season, they will be well prepared for winter and a great spring to come.

Fall Fertilization


The final step is giving your existing grass and new seedlings enough food to hibernate for the winter. Although our cool season grasses that stay green all year technically don’t hibernate, they do nearly stop their growth process. Think of fall fertilization as the way you prepare your lawn with proper nutrients to build it up for a long winter’s nap. Once the warm rays of spring hit it, your lawn will be in a much better position and get jump start on the spring growing season.

There you have it! Our three-step process for the fall, to have your best lawn yet next summer. We are booking quickly, so don’t wait too long to call so that your lawn has as much opportunity as possible to prepare for winter.

Managing Mosquitos

You have taken all of the mosquito-ridding precautions you can think of...you have removed all of those things that hold water (like watering containers, the little pools that form on tarp covers and trash can lids). You have even stocked larvae eating fish in your water feature that we installed last year. Yet you still spend your evening spraying and swatting the pest. Have no fear, TPS can help. Call us to schedule your Secure Choice Mosquito Assurance Program today. This service consists of a mist spray of two types of products for your lawn and landscape, which should be applied about every 6 weeks for best results. A special backpack power blower is used to apply a fine mist of products to your shrubs, trees, lawn, and around the perimeter of your home, especially in the back yard. This program provides great control of the pest allowing you to spend more time outdoors and less time worrying about the nuisance of mosquitos.

Annual Planting

There is no better way to brighten up your landscape than to introduce brilliant pops of color into your planting beds by installing annuals. Annual Planting is in full swing at TPS. Call today for an estimate to make your landscape the talk of the neighborhood. After all, isn't it time for the Jones' to keep up with you?

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Those Pesky Grubs

Are you sure that those brown splotches on your lawn are the result of the dry weather or disease? In fact, they may be the result of grubs...the immature form of various beetles such as Japanese beetles and June bugs. In the spring through late fall, these grubs feed on grass roots, often causing patches of grass to turn brown and die. Even worse, birds, skunks, moles and raccoons may tear up your lawn for the chance of a meal of these plump critters. June through August is the perfect time to treat your lawn for grubs. Give us a call and we'll tell you about our process and give you an estimate for your lawn.

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