Landscaping Tips for the Spring

After winter comes the spring, if you love to tend your garden you must have spent a lot of times pacing around your home itching to get out into the yard and begin the process of spring maintenance.  Here are some useful spring landscaping tips to consider.

Weed Control and Fertilization

According to landscaper Maple Grove Minnesota experts, early fall is the most ideal time to fertilize and control weeds in cool-season lawns.  Timing is key in the spring however. You must have seen “weed and feed” products that use pre-emergent herbicide in order to control weeds. It works by establishing a barrier in the soil that remains there for several weeks at a time. It works by limiting the growth of weed and dandelion seedlings from sprouting up.  Keep in mind that its effective only if you applied it prior to germination, as it has no effect on current weeds.

This is where timing is essential. To maximize a pre-emergent product it is recommended that you apply them in the early spring prior to conditions becoming ideal for fertilizer.  According to landscape Rogers Minnesota experts, crabgrass begins to germinate when soil temperature reaches 57 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit at one-inch depth. 

In the Midwest for instance, weeds usually begin germinating in late-March to early-April.  During this stage, lawns are just waking up from hibernation and they focus all their strength on their root system.

When it comes to the ingredients found in most fertilizers, nitrogen is the most important component as it is the one responsible for healthy leaf growth.  By fertilizing early in the spring you are essentially forcing the grass to put its energies for the development of blade growth when it should be the root system that they should focus on.

 In order to control weeds in the spring, do not use a pre-emergent herbicide that has a fertilizer component. If you do decide to fertilize early use a slow-release one instead for better results.