Spring Landscape Check

Landscape check-ins are vital to a healthy yard, but getting started can be daunting. Let’s make it easy this Spring! 

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Blossoms are bursting in the orchards and vegetables are almost ready to go in the ground. Spring is here! We are prepping to plant our summer garden and making our seasonal checks around our yard. Seasonal landscape checks are one of the most vital aspects in helping your yard survive through the seasons. Summer heat will be here before you know it, so lawn health, irrigation systems and weed prevention are all key areas that need a little sprucing now to help you prepare. Whether you perform your checks yourself or you call in a few helping hands, here is a guide to our top seasonal checks to help you prepare your landscape. If you have any specific questions – please reach out! 

Irrigation

Efficiently irrigating your landscape is always vital.  The key word being efficient. In order to ensure you get the best from your system and don’t waste resources, it is important to run through all areas of your irrigation system and make sure things are working properly. Here are a few steps on how to do an irrigation check. 

  • Turn on your system, valve by valve, and check for leaks. 
  • Make sure all sprinkler heads are spraying in the correct direction.
  • Check through your drip system and replace any emitters that are clogged. Did you know drip systems are exempt from water restrictions? Might be a good time to switch! 
 
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Lawn Health

Maintaining a healthy lawn throughout our hot summers can seem like a daunting task, but with these few simple steps, a beautiful lawn can be easily accomplished and maintained. 

Fertilize

  • Fertilize regularly in the spring and fall to develop a healthy lawn with a balanced fertilizer. If you utilize a gardening service, have them visit California Turf Equipment (CTE) in Tulare (Shameless plug for Joel’s family). In addition to owning an operating CTE for over 30 years, they have also operated a landscape maintenance company. They know all the ins and outs in efficiently managing a landscape.

 

Mow High

  • Cut grass a little bit taller. Taller grass encourages longer roots. These roots reach down deeper and the moisture from watering will last longer.

 

Watering

  • This is one of the most important steps. We are only allowed two days of watering so water well. Less frequent, and deeper watering is actually better for lawns. Watering times are crucial as well. Earlier in the morning so that the soil has time to dry out during the day. Watering at night and overwatering will encourage fungus that can kill parts of your lawn.

 

Over Seed in Spring/Fall

  • Thin grass doesn’t handle the heat as well as thick, lush grass. Over seeding can fill bare spots and thicken the overall lawn, leading the soil to retain more moisture.

 

For more information on lawn management visit the UC Davis IPM website.

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Keep your plants calm, cool and collected by applying top dressing!

Did you know that the soil beneath a 2-3″ layer of top dressing is at least 7 degrees cooler than the surface? This protective layer helps retain soil moisture, combat weeds, and keep surface roots hydrated. If you are using a natural leaf coverage, wood product (bark or humus), the top dressing will break down the soil and provide food to the microorganisms. If your style lends itself to a rock material (pea gravel or decomposed granite), you will still receive the water retention benefit of the product.

Need Some Help? 

Keeping up with your landscape can be difficult. Let us help with your seasonal checks!  If you are interested in giving your yard a Spring Spruce email us at hello@charteroaklandscape.com and we would be happy to help you with any yard specific questions or get you scheduled for some routine maintenance.