The Ultimate Guide to Seasonal Landscape Maintenance

Taking care of your property and its landscape varies throughout the course of the year. Plants have lifecycles that define your list of chores and property maintenance. With the help of Gardenworks Inc., your landscaping service providers in Sonoma County, you’ll have access to licensed, educated, trained, certified and award-winning services. Before you start future projects though, make sure you understand what needs to take place throughout the year. Here is the ultimate guide to seasonal landscape maintenance.

Spring Months

  • Spring is the perfect time to begin fertilizing lawn areas. Soil temperatures are rising, and plant metabolic processes are activating to a point where applying nutrients will be effective. This is also a time to repair any dead patches and start treating crabgrass around the yard. If you are so inclined, you can also apply herbicides both pre-emergent and post emergent types around your property with herbicide around this time as weeds although prolific are still small and more easily treatable.  If you prefer a more holistic approach, adding a 3” layer of organic much can also suppress weeds.  Spring is also one of the two best times of the year to dethatch and aerate lawns to open up the root zone for more oxygen and water infiltration.
  • Spring is also a great time to re-mulch or add compost around plants to improve soil health and vitality.
  • If leaves have not yet emerged, prune away dead and or diseased branches from trees and shrubs. Also remove criss-crossing branches and thin to improve airflow through the canopy.  You can also prune to shape.
  • Add organic material to the soil, plant your cool seasonal plants and remove or divide any overcrowded perennials.
  • Prune/shear hedges before summer to allow the cuts to harden off before Summer heat.

Summer Months

  • Mow the lawn as needed (usually weekly) but remove just one-third of the grass at a time. Raise the mower height as the season progresses. Longer grass is better protected against the heat and has longer roots too. Alternate the pattern you cut the lawn and water in the mornings.
  • Weed the property as needed, check for insect and disease Deadhead spent flowers from Spring bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs.
  • Mulch as needed, prune, water your containers when they are dry, and fertilize plants that were not fertilized in Spring or those needing more regular applications such as roses, citrus etc.

Fall Months

  • Overseed, dethatch and aerate your lawn especially if it was not done in Spring and or if the soil under your lawn is compacted.  Also fertilize and rake away leaves as they accumulate.
  • Fall is a great time to install new plants.  Be sure to water in new plants and add mulch or compost around them.
  • Cut down perennials, remove overcrowded areas and plant cool-season plants.
  • You can also fertilize until soil temperatures fall below 55 degrees.

Winter Months

  • Plant bare-root roses, and prune trees.
  • Pick up leaves and fallen fruit in and around trees and shrubs.  Compost them for nitrifying soils next growing season.
  • Prune roses, fruit trees and other deciduous ornamentals.

You need to take care of your property to ensure it’s always looks its best. You also need to vary your tasks based on the time of year. Regardless of what you need done in terms of landscaping services in Sonoma County, the award-winning team at Gardenworks Inc. is here to assist. Give us a call today.