April is coming in like a mixed up lion at the moment. Here it is April 6th and we have snow in the forecast, yet two days ago it was over 60 degrees and if you are like most of our clients, your flowers are starting to bud. So what do we do now? Is Spring here with a long route to summer or will Summer rear its head before we know it and we missed that crucial Spring season?
Here are a few recommendations for Spring clean up and yard maintenance for April in the Sierra’s.
1. Clean up all the winter debris – Debris cripples new growth. Make sure you scan your property for dead leaves, down twigs, tree limbs, pine needles, etc… A quick trip to the dump in the Spring will make you feel like you are prepared and ready for an award winning yard in 2011.
2. Pre-emergent – We may be a little late for some yards, however this is still a great step as there are thousands of weeds that have yet to germinate in your landscaping. Weeds are the evil villain to all landscape design efforts; a little pre work will help you enjoy your yard this Summer instead of working your yard all Summer.
3. Check your irrigation and sprinkler heads- We always get calls in the early Spring from broken sprinkler heads or clogged drip systems. Best to catch this early and not wait until your plants are thirsty. Try to remember the spots last year that were a little dry, maybe a different head or sprinkler pattern this year will do the trick. Or perhaps it is time for a redesign of the area and you need to consider new plants for that soil.
I hope these simple tips will help you enjoy a great year with your yard. Remember that if you need help we are only a phone call away.
Have a great April,
Designing with Nature