Expert Tips For A Spring Garden Makeover

Expert Tips For A Spring Garden MakeoverGetting your garden in shape is so important to enhancing your property’s curb appeal. Spring is the ideal time to plant flowers and vegetables. Here are some spring garden tips from gardening experts:

Plan Out Your Flower Beds before Planting. Before planting anything in the ground, it’s a good idea to make a plan. Take note of which areas get the most sun and which are shady. This is important because each type of plant requires a certain amount of sunlight or shade in order to thrive. When you get to the nursery to choose your plants, read the information about each one so that you can decide the best placement in your garden.

Soil Testing. For your flower beds to thrive, the soil conditions also need to be right. The soil is actually one of the most important aspects to a successful garden, according to the experts. A simple soil pH test kit will let you know the alkalinity of your soil. You want to see a result of about 7, which is neutral. This means that the conditions are just right for planting.

Enriching the Soil. If the results of the pH test show that your soil conditions are poor, you will need to enrich the flower bed before planting. You can purchase bags of garden soil from just about any garden center in the spring, so this should be an easy fix. Another option is to add nutrient enriching formula to soil, such as compost.

Planting the Garden. You may be eager to get your garden started as soon as the weather turns nice, but it’s important to wait until the final frost of the season is over. Planting too early can cause your plants to die if the temperatures drop too low in the evenings. Once the weather conditions are right, you can start getting your seeds and plants into the ground.

Every garden needs proper care in order to thrive. Take the time to plan the layout of your garden and choose the right types of annuals and perennials for each area. By following these expert tips, you’ll have a beautiful spring garden that you can enjoy throughout the year.

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Avoid Weeds With Total Care From Hidden Creek Landscaping

Avoid Weeds With Total Care From Hidden

Everyone knows that April showers bring those wonderful May flowers, but along with beautiful blooms, weeds are also waking up from their long winter’s nap. The tremendous growth prompted by spring’s longer days and warmth can also produce a riot of weeds that can choke your garden and damage overall lawn beauty, not only in the spring, but throughout the entire growing season.

Weed care is essential in the spring, more so than in any other time of year. Nothing is worse than having what should be an impeccable expanse marred by pesky dandelions, stubborn thistle and other undesirable plants. Fortunately, Hidden Creek Landscaping Inc. has a wealth of knowledgeable turf and garden professionals who can come to the rescue and head off any problems before they become major headaches.

Our landscaping services are designed to keep your large residential or commercial property looking good all year long. Even with the best lawn care, crabgrass and broadleaf weeds will rear their green heads. Proper application of herbicides at the right intervals along with the right amount of water will help eliminate unwanted weeds and give you the landscape you desire throughout the year.

Trained professional staff will evaluate your lawn and garden for problems and recommend a course of action that includes fertilization, maintenance and more, all on a schedule that fits your needs. Hidden Creek Landscaping goes beyond the basics to address your entire outdoor environment. Winter is often harsh on your lawn, with heavy snow piles smothering grass and fostering mold growth. As weather warms, these injured areas can become prone to weed growth, pests and disease. A good spring cleaning of leaves and fallen debris is necessary prior to other maintenance to ensure the best possible environment. We’ll also assess whether your lawn requires thatching or other services to encourage healthy growth of new grass shoots.

These steps are essential prior to utilization of pre-emergent weed control and fertilization so that the applications can reach soil and work properly. Filling in bare spots during spring will also discourage weeds and help promote a healthy lawn during the remainder of the year.

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Two Key Steps To Proper Spring Lawn Care

Now that it’s finally spring, it’s time to restore lawn beauty with proper care. There are two important steps that you don’t want to overlook in order to get your property looking great, and they are aeration and irrigation. Here are some tips for going about both steps the right way:

What is Aeration?

Aeration is critical to maintaining the health and quality of your grass. By properly aerating, the soil and grass will receive enough air and moisture to keep grass growing and reduce thatch. When you aerate the lawn, you make it easier for the roots to grow deep and strong, keeping your lawn looking hearty, fresh, and green throughout the spring and summer.

If your lawn is made up of cool season grass, then it is best to aerate in the fall and early spring. If you have warm season grass, late spring is the best time to do it. You can use a plug or spike aerator, which are tools that you can likely find in any hardware store or garden center.

Irrigation Systems

Irrigation is another key element to a well maintained lawn. Once you have it aerated, you then need to have a water source in place. You may want to consider having your existing irrigation system checked out by a professional lawn care service, just to ensure that it is in good shape and will work well. If you don’t have a system installed, it may be a good idea to do so in the spring. This will ensure that you have a well-watered lawn throughout the hottest months of the year.

Maintaining your lawn year after year will help to keep it in good shape. Once the spring season starts, take some time to work outside, getting your property cleaned up and tended to. Make sure that you aerate your lawn so that your grass will grow in thick and beautiful. A quality irrigation system will help keep the grass healthy all summer long. Once you tackle these spring lawn care tasks, you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the season.

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Restore Lawn Beauty This Spring

April is the perfect time to start restoring your home’s lawn beauty. As the temperature warms up and the flowers begin to bloom, getting your lawn looking green and fresh should be a priority. Here are a few of the best spring lawn care tips to have your property looking lovely:

Do a Quick Cleanup

Since the ground is usually still soft and muddy in parts, you’ll want to do a quick and careful clean up. Gently rake up debris, such as leaves and branches, taking care to avoid soggy soil patches. It will take several warm and sunny days in a row to really start drying up the ground, so just focus on the areas that you can tend to in early spring.

Work on Weeds

Prepping your lawn for better curb appeal will require removing those stubborn weeds. Pull out what you can by hand on the lawn, along driveways and sidewalks, and in flower patches. You can treat your lawn with a weed control product, and it is best to do this before putting grass seed down on bare patches. Using a weed control chemical can help prevent the growth of crabgrass.

Growing Grass

Spring is the ideal time to start growing grass. Make sure that your lawn is level by fixing trouble spots. You can fill them in with a nutritive soil to level it out. This will ensure that the grass seed has enough nutrients to help the growing process along. Once you have the lawn prepped, you can then put down grass seed and tend to it daily. Make sure that you keep it watered accordingly. It’s very common to have bare patches on your lawn after a cold and snowy winter.

Check Your Equipment

You will want to make sure that your lawn mower is in good working condition so that once you’re grass is ready to be mowed, your equipment is up to the task. Don’t mow too soon over new grass growth. Have your lawn care clippers sharpened to keep things trimmed up, purchase a new pair of gardening gloves, and get ready to enjoy a beautiful lawn all spring and summer long.

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Spring Lawn Care Basics

grassOnce the weather finally changes over to warm and dry, you have the chance to get out in your yard and start making it look great for the spring and summer seasons. At Hidden Creek, we know just how important spring lawn care is to have your property in good shape. Here are some helpful tips on the basics of spring lawn care:

Deep Raking

Even though you raked up the majority of the leaves and debris back in the fall, it’s time to do some deep raking to get your lawn looking good again. Deep raking involves more than just cleaning up the surface. You need to tackle lawn thatch, clearing away roots, stems, and leaves. This is also a great way to get rid of that brown, dead grass that’s left behind from the cold winter weather.

Reseeding

Even the nicest lawns are bound to have a few bare patches here and there. Prep the soil, and then spread fresh grass seed down on those bare spots. Make sure to water daily. In a few weeks, you should start to see new grass coming in. Wait until it reaches a few inches in height before going over new grass with the lawn mower. You can also trim small patches with hand clippers to keep things looking neat until you can mow.

Pulling Weeds

In the spring, you can start to prepare your flower beds and vegetable gardens in the yard by pulling out weeds. Locate any weeds or crabgrass growing on your own, and get rid of them right away. You also may find that you have weeds growing along your walkway or driveway. You can either use an herbicide to prevent the growth, or just pull them out by hand as you see them coming in. There are many products for weed prevention that will save you the stress of having to keep up with weed growth, and it will help your lawn to have nice curb appeal, too.

Getting your lawn prepared for the summer season can be pleasant and enjoyable on an early spring day. With a little work, you’ll have your lawn looking lovely in no time at all.

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