As the season of growth and renewal, it makes sense that this is the ideal time to seed your commercial lawn as part of your lawn maintenance work. The temperatures are cooler and there are frequent rain showers that encourage new blades of grass to grow before summer, heat, and drier conditions arrive. Here's what you need to do to seed a commercial lawn. First, use a rake to loosen up the first two inches of soil and remove rocks or dirt that might get in the way of grass seed growing. Then, add about an inch of topsoil to the ground as well as a starter fertilizer. Next, sprinkle the grass seed on top of the topsoil. Rake lightly after planting to help evenly distribute the grass seeds. Adding a layer of peat moss that is about a half inch thick protects the lawn seeds from birds, animals, and wind. After adding the peat moss, water the seed immediately by regularly adding water for the next one and a half to two weeks. If it's a rainy area, you don't need to add as much water but can rely on the rain to do your watering. The next step is to add fertilizer to the commercial lawn approximately six weeks after the grass seed sprouts. The type of fertilizer depends on grass variety, region, and climate. Till the first two to three inches of the soil with a tiller or a garden rake to level out high and low spots as well as to remove clumps of dirt, rocks, and branches. Mow the lawn for the first time when the new grass reaches three inches tall. Make sure that the blade on the lawnmower is sharp. Do not add any weed killer to the bare soil or until after you mow the new grass at least three or four times. Also, try to keep traffic off the new grass until it can establish itself. We'd like to help you enjoy a long-lasting and lush lawn at your business. Contact us now to learn more about our commercial lawn and landscape maintenance services.
Spring is planting season. That's why container-grown shrubs do best when they are planted in the early spring. This is because the shrubs tend to still be dormant or just breaking through that period. It's important to plant as soon as the frost has left the ground. This will give the shrubs the most time to grow some new roots and settle in for the spring growing season. To plant shrubs in the spring, you don't need to dig a deep planting hole to encourage root growth. Most shrub roots spread widely, so focus on making a wider hole. Also, consider making a square hole because this gives the roots a better way to spread out. Just before planting, try watering the container-grown shrubs with a liquid feed and soak the roots of bare-root shrubs in the liquid feed as well. This can also help protect the roots from any fungus or other issues. We realize that, with commercial property, it may be challenging to find the time to plant shrubs and add these plants to your overall landscape. However, we can provide a commercial landscaping service on a monthly basis that ensures you have an attractive and welcoming landscape no matter what season of the year. And, when spring seasons arrives like it has now, our commercial landscape maintenance service includes planting trees, shrubs, and flowers as well as fertilizing, seeding, and more. We welcome the opportunity to bring your commercial landscape back to life after the harsh winter season. Contact us today to learn more!
With the official start of spring nearly upon us, it's time to think about getting your commercial landscape ready for the seasonal changes. Since each season has some specific landscaping tasks to accomplish, one of the spring tasks involves fertilizing. Here's why. Lawns need fertilizer during the early spring when the grass begins to green up. Feeding the lawn, shrubs, flowers, and other aspects of your landscape promote growth while also strengthening the roots so the temperature changes aren't an issue. There are several ways to apply lawn fertilizer during the spring season. A spreader ensures more even coverage than fertilizing by hand. Also, hand fertilizing may result in burns where the fertilizer is concentrated and pale areas that don’t get as much fertilizer as they should. Try a broadcast or rotary spreader because they are easy to use and don’t cause striping like a drop spreader. However, a drop spreader ensures that there is no chance of overthrow where fertilizer lands on streets, sidewalks, or driveways. At the same time, a drop spreader requires two trips over the lawn at right angles. Apply the fertilizer and then thoroughly water the lawn. This rinses the fertilizer off the grass blades so they won’t burn and lets the fertilizer sink into the soil to do its job. Keep people and pets off the lawn for 24 to 48 hours. There are different types of fertilizer that can be used. Slow-release doesn't have to be used as often, but these are more expensive. Fast-release offers quick results, but you have to apply it in smaller amounts and more often. Your risk of burning your lawn increases. Weed and feed is another fertilizer option. You'll need to be careful around trees, shrubs, and garden plants. You can use organic materials like compost and manure, but you will have to use a lot Also, horse manure may contain weed seeds. Liquid fertilizers aren’t recommended because they are difficult to apply evenly and require frequent applications. Be sure to water the lawn a few days before you plan to fertilize. When you do apply the fertilizer, make sure the grass blades are completely dry to avoid burns. If you would like help with fertilizing and maintaining your commercial landscape, contact us now to find out how a monthly plan can ensure you enjoy a beautiful commercial landscape throughout the year that welcomes your visitors.
The best approach to controlling weeds throughout your commercial landscaping is to stop them from even showing up. First, it's important to know about the weeds you are trying to control. There are perennial weeds that survive and reproduce even in adverse conditions like even through winter weather. Then, there are annual weeds that can’t survive underground but some emerge at times of the year when preemergent weed killers aren’t active. Next, it's good to have a weed control strategy as part of your landscape maintenance program that incorporates pre-emergent weed control. These products should be used before a plant germinates in early spring. For difficult annual weeds, you may need to do multiple applications, including at the start of the spring and then at timed intervals throughout the season. This is because pre-emergent weed killers don't destroy weeds and their seeds. What they do is stop the weeds and their seeds from growing. For the first treatment of pre-emergent, the middle of March is highly recommended just when the spring season is about to start. This tends to get the weeds that most commonly start to appear as the average soil temperatures go above 50 degrees. Major summer weeds include crabgrass or clover, so it's important to use a pre-emergent treatment to stop them. Often, it can seem time-consuming to handle all these weed control treatments at your commercial property. Plus, you might be worried about visitors coming into contact with the pre-emergent treatments for weeds. That's why you can leave the weed control work to us by contacting us now to find out how we can add weed control to our monthly commercial landscaping maintenance services.