Posted Thursday, April 11th 2013 @ 9am
WINTERBERRY GARDENS SPRING "YARD TO-DO LIST":
-Mechanical blowers are used to clear out leaves and small
-Raking is performed for turf and areas around plantings
where leaves accumulate over the winter. These must be cleared to avoid
problems that stem from lack of air circulation, such as mold. Raking alone will
achieve the desired result: beds and turf areas completely cleared of any
debris. Besides removing sticks, twigs and leaves, it important to rake out any
dead or matted areas of grass.
-Thatch your lawn. Many mowers have attachments for this;
it is basically mechanical raking that removes the clumps of dead grass and
stand up the grass that’s been compacted over the winter.
-Spring is a great time to spot-seed any bare spots you
may have noticed over the winter. Never apply seed before April 1st, as the soil
temperature is far too low for seed to germinate. When seeding, use a mix of 70%
rye and 30% blue. The rapid germination of the rye provides stability and
protection for the blue seed which has a much longer germination period, of 21
to 28 days.
-Great time to start the Crabgrass battle and feed
existing turf at the same time. We recommend a product called Tupersan that can
be combined and applied with the first application of lawn
-Once you’ve treated for Crabgrass and seeded bare spots
it is time to put down your first application of granular fertilizer. We
recommend a ratio of 15-0-5, or something similar. This should be done any time
before May 1st.
Click HERE for more spring cleaning tips for your yard from WINTERBERRY GARDENS, West Street in Southington.