Spring Is Here (?)

Filed under: Uncategorized — eric @ 2:21 pm
Mar 30, 2014

Hello all! The calendar says it’s Spring, but Mother Nature seems to have other plans. Recently, our weeks start out cold, and then warm by the weekend. Then, back to square one. Fortunately, it looks like the weather is moderating a bit. Bulbs are popping up, buds are opening on some trees, and I’ve noticed just a touch of green coming back to some lawns.

So, if you haven’t already cleaned up the storm damage from this past horrible Winter, it’s time! Time to pick up fallen branches, clean up last seasons’ fallen leaves, and get your beds ready. Put down a pre-emergent weed control prior to mulching, and freshen up the mulch. Don’t put down too much!

In the old “if a little is good, then more must be better” category, this is NOT the case with mulch. There should not be 6 inches of mulch in your beds. This actually has the opposite effect of what you are trying to accomplish. The mulch is there to help hold moisture in the soil, but if there is too much, water will just run off, and not get down into the root zone where it is needed.  We normally only add about 1 inch of new mulch on top of existing mulch cover, for color. The mulch on the bottom will decompose, and become organically rich soil.

Which leads us to the next issue…putting down a landscape fabric prior to mulching. It seems logical, put down fabric before mulch, and no weeds, right? Not really. Remember, the bottom of the mulch layer will become soil. The soil is where weeds seeds grow. And now where is this soil? On TOP of the fabric! Now this nice, rich, new soil can’t get mixed in with the old soil, because it’s sitting on top of the fabric.

If you are trying to prevent weeds from growing, you need to stop the seed from being in contact with soil. Failing that, you need to control or prohibit the seed’s growth once it germinates. This can be accomplished by using a pre-emergent weed control, which sets up a barrier in the soil. This barrier will burn that first little root when the seed sprouts. After that, use Roundup for any escapes. This is a process we have been using for years with great success.

Finally, after it’s all cleaned up, and pretty, don’t forget your lawn. Time for a crabgrass pre-emergent treatment, and some fertilizer. You’ll have that lawn nice and green in no time.

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