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Updated: Mar 24, 2020

It’s time to start preparing your landscape to look its best in the spring. Not sure where to start? By doing a few things to get prepared for warmer weather, your property will soon be a masterpiece. Remember planning ahead is a good idea as the landscaping business is usually busy as soon as the weather starts to improve.

Here are 15 tips to get you started:

1. Your lawn, while it may not need consistent mowing for several months, will still require attention. Cleaning up old debris keeps your lawn from suffocating and clears the way for applying fertilizer and herbicides.

2. Check your mulch around such plants as azaleas, roses, and camellias because disease spores and insects love to make their home in mulch during the winter months. If disease or insects are not a problem, just freshen your mulch.

3. Late spring to early summer is the right time to aerate warm-season grasses. It is

easier to aerate the grass when it is slightly moist.

4. Now is the ideal time to inspect flowering trees and shrubs for broken, diseased, or weak branches and carefully prune them out. It is also the ideal time to prune flowering trees for shape but be careful, pruning is a skill that takes years to learn! You can also trim your fruit-bearing plants to encourage new growth and fruit production.

5. Make sure to sharpen the blade on your lawn mower - a dull blade will rip grass rather than cut it, making plants more susceptible to infection and water loss.

6. It’s time to cut branches―When forsythia, quince, star magnolia, and saucer magnolia buds show a touch of color, they are easy to force into bloom indoors. Be careful not to destroy the natural shape of the plant.

7. Tune up your mower with a new sparkplug ($3 to $5) and air filter ($5 to $10). If you do this every season, you can be sure it won’t give out on you unexpectedly.

8. Aerating punches small holes in your lawn so water, fertilizers, and oxygen reach grass roots. Pick a day when the soil is damp but not soaked so the aeration machine can work efficiently.

9. For maximum impact, group azaleas in masses of one color or in layers of color. It is okay to move them while they are blooming.

10. Have your bedding plants delivered! That way you can get started right away on your project. No waste of a productive day running from one nursery to another.

Why settle for inferior plants or pay higher prices from Big Box or Discount stores when you can have quality hand-picked bedding plants, scrubs and trees delivered!

11. Buy fresh gas. Gas that’s been left to sit over the winter can accumulate moisture that harms small engines. This is especially true for fuel containing ethanol.

12. If you have brown spots on your lawn, it may be from pet urination. You can recover these bare spots by reseeding.

13. After you seed your grass, wait until the new sprouts are at least three inches before mowing.

14. When selecting a fertilizer, make sure it is a high-quality fertilizer and that

you apply it in the correct quantity at the right time.

15. To maintain good healthy grass, you need to mow it at the right height,

and the right frequency. Mow often enough that you do not remove more

than 1/3 of the leaf tissue with your mower.

Bonus Tip: The best time of day to water is early in the morning, right when the sun is

beginning to rise. This will allow the water to soak into the lawn before the

sun comes up and the temperature rises.

Last day to receive a $ 25 Visa gift card when you order Accent Lawn Care’s Spring Clean Up. Call us at (985) 893-1928 or (504) 407-5421 or visit

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