Building a Maintenance Plan for the Year to Come

There are many details to consider in keeping your lawn and landscape in top condition. For example, most properties have a wide variety of trees, shrubs and lawn areas, along with flower and mulch beds in all sizes, shapes and kinds.

Including all of these areas in a master maintenance plan can help to make sense of it all, and will lead to a better-organized program. Plus, this usually means fewer problems and less money spent in the long run! The key is to plan for the right maintenance services at the right times.

Below, you’ll find a basic timeline of ideas for optimal lawn and landscape care. If you have any questions, or if you’d like help putting your maintenance plan together, just give us a call. We’re here to help!

December - March

• Dormant lawn seeding (unless using crabgrass prevention)

• Lawn fertilization

• Lawn drainage work to eliminate standing water

• Crabgrass prevention (unless lawn has been newly seeded)

• Pruning, shaping and mulching of trees and shrubs

• Dormant oil sprays for evergreens

March - June

• Fertilization, broadleaf weed control and insect controls for the lawn

• Disease, mite and insect controls for trees and shrubs

• Planting bed clean-up, edging and mulching (with pre-emergent weed control applied underneath mulch)

• Pruning of spring-flowering trees and shrubs after they bloom

June - September

• Grub control for the lawn

• Aeration to reduce thatch and expand the lawn’s root system

• Continued insect and disease controls for trees and shrubs (if necessary)

September - December

• Lawn seeding or other renovation work that hasn’t been completed

• Heavy lawn fertilization to take advantage of good growing conditions

• Application of soil conditioners (lime/gypsum) as needed

• Heavy fertilization of trees and shrubs