At Hidden Creek Landscaping, we know a healthy landscape begins with a site that is properly prepared. Before planting, we get rid of existing plants and get the area ready for planting. This is followed by the application of specialized herbicide on the shallow cultivation. The process is repeated until the area is completely free of weed. This is important when planting with either sod or seed.
In existing flower beds, annual weeds are easier to control than perennial weeds. We take out as many perennials as we can and bring up buried tubers, rhizomes and stems by cultivating the soil. This is done when conditions are dry and warm to allow the weed seeds and roots to dry on the surface of the soil. For weed problems that are especially troublesome, we will continue to cultivate the soil without irrigating for as long as it takes for new weed seeds and roots to emerge.
Species like purple nutsedge and field bindweed will need a different approach. We may use a systemic, nonselective herbicide like glyphosate when weeds are growing actively. Repeated applications of this technique could also be used to destroy difficult perennials.
Where necessary, we will use nutrients or organic matter to amend the soil. In clay soil, this can enhance drainage and the water-holding capacity of sandy soils can also be improved through this technique.
The capacity of soils to simultaneously drain water, while holding in an adequate amount is tremendously important to maintaining a healthy landscape. Essentially, flower beds flourish in soils that promote good drainage and enable the unrestricted flow of water, nutrients and oxygen. One of the spring tips we often share with homeowners is the need to ensure that when topsoil is being added, it is free of herbicide residues, rocks and weed propagules like tubers or rhizomes.
Spring is the perfect time to kick landscaping projects into high gear. At Hidden Creek Landscaping, we have the expertise, equipment and seasoned professionals guaranteed to transform your home into a beautiful, weed-free sanctuary. For further details, contact us today!
Spring is finally here, the grass is turning green and the trees are budding. Even though the grass is not due to be mowed quite yet, there are still important things that should be done to ensure a lush, green, weed-free lawn. The following are five important tips every homeowner should take into account for spring lawn care.
One step that may need to be taken is getting the lawn power raked. If the lawn shows lots of dead, dry grass or has sparse areas that will need patching with grass seed, it is a good idea to power rake first. Power raking removes dead grass, allowing light, air, and water to reach the live grass.
After the long winter, most lawns need aeration. This process creates holes in the lawn that allow life-giving oxygen to reach the roots of the grass. The resulting plugs are left on the ground to decompose, adding rich nutrients to the lawn. Most local lawn care companies will perform aeration for a reasonable price. The lawn should be watered a day or two before the aeration is scheduled, but should not be soaking wet.
It is also imperative to apply a good fertilizer. If the lawn is prone to dandelions, thistles, or other weeds, a weed and feed might be more appropriate. This step should be done after the aeration and/or power rake for best results. Also, the homeowner should make sure that if there is a sprinkler system installed that this is prepared for spring, as watering should occur after fertilization, if it is not required prior to aeration.
The homeowner should check the landscaping for anything that needs repair or replacement. Landscaping fabric can develop tears or rips and need replacement. Waiting too long to perform repairs can cause weeds to become established. Other landscaping items such as timbers, rock, and mulch should be inspected and a determination made on whether or not replacement or replenishment is needed. A homeowner should also determine whether or not to install certain items, such as a water feature. Doing these things now and scheduling any necessary appointments with a lawn care professional will result in a summer free of lawn care worries.