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  • Plan A Breathtaking Fall Landscape

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    Landscaping For Year-Round Interest Part 3

    Landscape beds usually look pretty good in the spring and summer, but it's common for things to start looking drab in the fall. That doesn't have to be the case. If you're going to put time and money into your landscape bed, you want something that's beautiful in every season.

    Join us for a four-part blog series that will help you create year-round interest in your landscape. We're focusing on low-maintenance plants so you'll have time to enjoy your beautiful landscape project rather than spending all your time on up-keep. This week, we talk about plants for a brilliant fall display.

    Spring And Summer Holdovers

    Some of the plants that made a bold statement in your summer garden will still pack a punch for fall. If you remove the spent blooms, crepe myrtle can keep blooming into early fall. After blooms are done, its fall leaf color ranges from yellow to orange to red.

    Ornamental grasses stay attractive throughout fall. Some even display a striking fall foliage change. Evergreen plants like certain varieties of magnolia and rhododendron that you planted for spring blooms maintain an attractive glossy green backdrop to the landscape bed.

    Fall Blooming Plants

    There's no reason the display of flowers has to go away in the fall. Just remember when planning your landscape to include a balanced array of plants with different bloom times.

    • Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) are an easy-to-grow fall favorite. There's a variety of bloom colors available and after the flowers fade you can leave the seedpods up for winter interest. They're typically hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.
    • Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) is an attractive little bush in spring and summer, then in the fall it's covered in purple blooms that attract hummingbirds. It's hardy in zone 7b (that's the Dallas area) and farther south.
    • Sedum (Sedum spp.) starts blooming in early fall and the flower color only becomes more striking as the weather gets cool. They have attractive succulent leaves that look good in the garden spring through fall, when many varieties turn yellow, orange, or red. They're hardy in zones 3 to 9.
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    Flowering Vines

    You already have trees and shrubs in place to provide structure in the garden, and most will still look good into fall. So let's spend some time talking about vines. These plants all grow well in Texas, flower throughout the fall, and will climb over structures like trellises, arbors, or chain link fences.

    • Climbing Carolina Aster (Aster carolinianus) has 10-foot shoots that can be trained to climb. Little purple blooms cover the plants all fall. It's hardy in zones 4 through 8.
    • Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus) is a vigorous, drought tolerant plant that blooms late summer through fall. It will die back to the ground after the first frost but is hardy in zones 8 through 10. Grow in a protected location and mulch the roots well.
    • Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis ternifolia aka paniculata) blooms white and is the only clematis reliably hardy in Texas. It is a large, sprawling plant that if not supported can form a groundcover mat that chokes out weeds and other plants. It's hardy in zones 5 through 11.

    Seasonal Care

    The best time to plant fall-blooming plants is in the spring. If you're planting in the summer, you'll need to provide plenty of water and perhaps set up a shade canopy if it's really hot. Once the landscape bed is established, your focus in the fall will be on keeping weeds out, removing spent foliage from bulbs that have gone dormant, and deadheading plants to encourage re-bloom. Fall is also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs for next spring.

  • Create A Sensational Summer Landscape

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     Landscaping For Year-Round Interest Part 2

    If you're going to put time and money into creating a new landscape bed or re-doing your existing landscaping, you want lasting results. And you want the resulting design to look good all the time, not just a few months out of the year.

    Join us for a four-part blog series that will help you create year-round interest in your landscape. While we're at it, we'll focus on low-maintenance plants so you'll have time to enjoy your beautiful landscape project rather than spending all your time on up-keep. This week, we focus on a stellar summer display.

    Shrubs and Trees

    Larger perennials like shrubs and trees form the backbone of a landscape bed. As the spring blooming plants switch over to leaves, finding flowering shrubs to take their place can be a challenge. Still, there are a few that provide summer interest and grow well in Texas.

    Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.) flowers all summer. The tree and shrub forms have attractive exfoliating bark that gives the plants year-round interest. Plant them in well-drained fertile soil in a full sun location with good air circulation, and they'll be a low-maintenance plant. Most thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 10, though some cultivars are hardy in cooler zones.

    For a fast-growing hedge or specimen plant, Rose of Sharon (Althaea spp.) is a good choice. They have showy hibiscus-like flowers and a long summer bloom time. Right after planting they'll need regular water, but after that they're drought and heat resistant. They grow in USDA zones 5 through 9.

    Summer Bulbs

    Low-maintenance summer flowering bulbs don't take up much room in the garden and provide dependable color year after year. Summer blooming alliums such as blue globe onion (Allium caeruleum) and drumstick allium (Allium sphaerocephalon) are a fantastic choice for summer color and die back after flowering. Asiatic and trumpet lilies (Lillium spp.) are another good choice.

    Gardeners in warmer growing zones with a little more time to care for their plants can also use gladiolus and dahlias. These bulbs need fertile, well-drained soil and taller varieties should be staked when they flower. In USDA zones cooler than 9 for dahlias and 8 for gladiolus, you'll need to dig the bulbs and store them indoors over winter.

    Striking Perennials

    One of the easiest flowering perennials to grow is the daylily (Hemerocallis spp.). These plants are virtually maintenance-free once established and they come in a dazzling array of bloom styles and colors. Choose varieties with different bloom times and you can have flowers from early spring until frost.

    Ornamental grasses are essential for four-season landscaping. For established grasses, you'll cut the dead foliage down in the spring and by summer they'll grow up showy and ready to bloom. There's a huge range of varieties available with different sizes, leaf colors, and bloom forms. The foliage will remain attractive on into fall and you can leave the grass and seed heads up all winter for interest in the year-round landscape.

    Seasonal Care

    Most of the landscaping work in the summer involves keeping weeds out of your gardens. If you didn't mulch during the spring, make sure you do that now to help keep plant roots from drying out during the hot summer months. Keep an eye on the landscape and if any of the plants start to wilt, water deeply around the base of the plant.

    You'll also be doing a lot of lawn mowing and trimming in the summer. Warm-season grasses, such as the species most commonly grown in Texas, thrive in the hot seasons of the year. Keep up with the mowing as well as edging and trimming to keep the area around your landscape beds looking good.

  • How to Beat The Summer Bugs And Enjoy Your Yard

    Warm summer weather draws us outside to enjoy our lawns and gardens. But all too often, the bugs drive us right back indoors. Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and flies can ruin outdoor gatherings, make yard work miserable, and leave kids and pets with itchy bites. Not to mention the fact that biting insects can carry diseases.

    Even if your community sends a mosquito truck through your neighborhood, it's only going to kill the adult mosquitoes fairly close to the road. If you want to enjoy your summer outdoors, you'll need another plan for keeping bugs out of the backyard.

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    Clean Up The Yard

    Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. Stagnant fish ponds, a forgotten half-full watering can, flower pot trays, clogged gutters – anything that holds water can become a prime breeding ground.

    If you get rid of the places mosquito larvae can grow, you'll drastically cut down on the number of mosquitoes in your yard. Remove as much standing water as you can and add bubblers and fountains to things like goldfish ponds and birdbaths to keep the water moving.

    Mosquitoes and other unwanted bugs tend to hide in dense leafy plants and damp shady areas of the yard. Keeping things trimmed up and cutting the grass regularly can help cut back on the mosquito problem. But it won't be enough on its own.

    Use Repellents

    Using insect repellents on your skin and clothing when you go outside is always an option. Your best bets are sprays or lotions containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Be sure to apply and reapply the repellents as directed and check labels carefully to see if there are special instructions for using with kids.

    You'll also see natural repellents like plants and candles recommended for scaring off mosquitoes. Plants like citronella, lavender, basil, lemon balm, and catnip have a strong scent that can repel mosquitoes, but they only work if you bruise the leaves to release the scent. Burning candles containing geraniol can also help keep unwanted insects away for a short time.

    Get Some Help

    Even if you could completely get rid of mosquito hiding places and breeding grounds on your property (which is well-nigh impossible), you can't control mosquitoes coming in from neighboring properties. Repellents aren't always 100% effective and you might not want to mess with them all the time. You're going to need some outside help if you want a bug-free yard.

    We recommend Mosquito Joe of North Dallas. They're more reliable than even the best DIY practices and they offer a 100% money-back guarantee. They'll come to your home and assess your specific bug problem, then customize the treatment to fit your home's exact needs. Their standard barrier spray treatment is effective on mosquitoes and also takes care of fleas, ticks and some flies. Give them a call, then get back out there and enjoy your bug-free yard.

  • Is it okay to mow after a heavy rain?

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    With the unusually high amount of rainfall in the Dallas/Fort Worth are the last 2 years, there's a good chance you haven't been able to mow your lawn for a while. The ground is too soggy, or it's been raining during all your free time and the grass has gotten out of control. The good news for homeowners is that it's possible to mow the lawn when it is wet, if necessary, or to get the lawn back under control after is had become overgrown.

    Too Much Water

    Too much water on the lawn, whether from overwatering or too much rain, can stunt root growth and contribute to thatch accumulation on the lawn. Waterlogged soil deprives plants of oxygen, and can contribute to disease development in the lawn. It can also cause the thatch to rot, and fungus to grow in the turf layer.

    If overwatering is caused by irrigation, you can gradually decrease the amount of water applied so you are watering ¾ to 1 inch every week. If the problem is increased rainfall, there is little you can do until the rain stops.

    Mowing Wet Grass

    As a general rule, it is not a good idea to mow when grass is wet. In terms of lawn health, wet grass is a prime area for a disease to develop. Mowing stresses the grass, and if the lawn is vulnerable to disease from waterlogged soil or there were signs of turf disease present prior to mowing it will be particularly vulnerable. The other problem with mowing wet grass is that the grass will clump up and clog the mower blades. When this happens, the mower will need to be turned off and cleaned out before mowing can resume, which will increase the time needed to mow the lawn.

    If you decide the lawn absolutely must be mowed while wet, there are a few tips that can minimize stress to the grass. Set the mower at a higher cutting level than usual. This will reduce clogging and the amount of wet clippings on the lawn, but still trim the grass. It is also a good idea to mow slowly and reduce the amount of grass coming through the lawn mower at once.

    Mowing Overgrown Grass

    When mowing a lawn that has become overgrown, it is important not to cut too much grass off at once. If the lawn is too tall for the mower, cut half the height down with a weed trimmer. Wait about a week for the grass to recover, then start mowing a third of the grass height off at a time. You can mow every 3-5 days, taking off no more than a third of the grass at once, until it is back to the desired height.

    Maintaining your lawn after too much rainfall often involves mowing overgrown grass. It may seem tedious to have to make several passes to get the job done right, but your lawn will thank you when you're done.

    Bonus: Make sure to mow overgrown and wet grass with a sharp blade.  A dull blade will not cut the grass properly and will perform even worse when the clumps of remain stuck to the blade.

  • Plants For An Amazing Spring Landscape

    Landscaping For Year-Round Interest Part 1

    A landscape bed is pretty useless if it only looks good for a few months out of the year. If you're going to spend the time and money to put in new landscaping or re-do what you have now, you want the results to look good all the time.

    Join us for a four-part blog series that will help you cultivate year-round interest in your landscape. While we're at it, we'll focus on low-maintenance plants so you'll have time to enjoy your beautiful landscape project rather than spending all your time on up-keep. Let's start with spring.

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    Spring Color

    Flowering bulbs come back year-after-year and provide reliable spring color. They don't take up much room, either. For most, the leaves die back to the soil shortly after blooming, making way for summer perennials. And if you pick species with staggered bloom times, you can have flowers from the last days of winter through late spring.

    Plant spring-flowering bulbs in the fall in a location with well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade. Many of the common spring flowering bulbs need cold winters to bloom, but others are reliable in central Texas and some warmer areas as well:

    • Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) typically bloom in late winter and early spring. Most are hardy to USDA plant hardiness zone 5 and will still flower reliably in zone 8 or 9 (depending on the specific species or cultivar).
    • Dutch iris (Iris hollandica) bloom early in the spring. They're sometimes grown as an annual, but are hardy in zones 5 through 9 and often come back if the summers aren't too wet.
    • Some allium (Allium spp.) species flower in the spring, others in the summer and fall. They're hardy in zones 5 through 9, (depending on the species or cultivar). For flowers in mid to late spring, try the short ‘Jeannine’ golden onion and the tall, purple giant onion, (Allium giganteum).

    Backbone of the Garden

    Trees and shrubs form the backbone of a garden with year-round interest. When people think of trees that look good all year, we often think of evergreen conifers. But there are others that will bloom in one season and then offer interesting foliage or form for the rest of the year.

    • Magnolia trees (Magnolia spp.) typically bloom in the spring and then carry lovely, glossy leaves for the rest of the year. Some, like the Southern Magnolia, are evergreen. Check the hardiness zones for each species to see which will grow in your area.
    • Azaleas and rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.) typically need partial shade and bloom for just a short period of time in the spring. The blooms are spectacular, though, and the foliage stays attractive. Some varieties are evergreen and hardiness varies by species.
    • Spring flowering trees provide spring color and varieties, like crab apples, can also carry interesting fruits into the summer and fall. If you choose a variety with an interesting form, such as a weeping cherry, the tree will also look good in the winter landscape.

    Gardening Tasks

    Spring is a good time for cleaning up the garden and adding new perennials for the summer and fall seasons. Get a head-start on the weeding early in the spring and lay down fresh mulch. That will help keep the summer weeds down and hold in soil hold moisture to protect against drought. Spring is also a good season for catching up on any lawn equipment maintenance so you'll be ready to gardening tasks the rest of the year.

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  • Reclaiming An Overgrown Lawn After Buying A New House

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    Sometimes when you buy a new house, you're also buying a lawn that isn't in the best of shape. Reclaiming an overgrown lawn might be an intimidating task, but it's certainly not impossible. You can hire a lawn care service if you want, or you can save money by doing it yourself. Though it might take a while for the lawn to recover, you can get it back to beautiful in six steps.

    Step 1) Trim

    Before doing anything else, you'll need to get the overgrowth under control. Use a string trimmer to cut the grass off until it's about 3 to 5 inches tall. You could also use a hand-held scythe or sickle, but the powered trimmer should be easier. Remove the cut grass and weeds, then water the lawn.

    Step 2) Mow

    About a week after the first trimming, mow the lawn. Follow guidelines for healthy lawn mowing by only removing 1/3 of the overall height of the grass. You can keep mowing every week until the lawn gets to the height where you want it, then continue mowing as-needed.

    Step 3) Rake

    Next, rake the lawn to remove moss and thatch. Choose a time when the weather is warm, preferably in the spring or fall, and the soil is moist, but not soggy. The day before raking, mow the grass down so it's at the short end of the recommended height range. Then go over the lawn with a scarifying rake or a dethatching machine.

    Step 4) Aerate

    Aerating the lawn reduces soil compaction. This lets water and nutrients reach the grass roots more easily and gives the grass room to grow. For cool-season lawns, aerate in the early fall. For warm-season lawns, aerate in the late spring or early summer.

    Step 5) Reseed

    You'll want to re-seed any bare spots shortly after aerating. Follow the instructions on your grass seed package for planting and care tips. Also, remember to keep the lawn well watered after seeding. Watering will also help the lawn recover from dethatching and aerating.

    Step 6) Feed and Weed

    Now that you've got the grass height under control and the lawn surface cleaned up, you can start getting into a regular maintenance routine. This will vary slightly for cool-season lawns versus lawns with warm-season grasses. Fertilize according to package directions during your lawn's active growth season and treat weeds as they become a problem.

    By following these steps, you'll be able to get an overgrown lawn back under control. The grass might look a little ratty for a few months, especially after raking, but it'll start looking better within a single season. With regular maintenance, you'll soon have a nice lawn to complement your new house.

  • Product Spotlight: eXmark Radius Zero-Turn Riding Mower

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    Exmark unveiled the newest addition to their zero-turn riding mower collection last year at GIE+EXPO 2016. When creating these mowers, they used feedback from lawn care professionals and their extensive experience in the lawn equipment industry to create what Exmark is calling “the next great zero-turn.”

    These mowers deliver the high level of performance landscape professionals have a right to expect. Durability, cut quality, operator comfort, and superior control all come together in a professional grade lawnmower. The Radius mowers are available in E-Series, S-Series, and X-Series.

    Shared Features

    Because of Exmark's commitment to simplifying maintenance, there are only four grease points on the entire mower. The deck design lets you access belts without tools and an oil drain hose in the engine enables quick, clean oil changes. In addition, an integrated jack receiver makes it easier to access the underside of the deck for cleaning and blade sharpening or replacement.

    The three series also feature a strong frame, large ties, and other features designed for comfort and safety:

    • The heavy-duty unibody frame is formed from fully welded 2-inch by 3-inch rectangular steel frame tubes.
    • Frame design places engine, fuel tank, and hydrodrive system low to the ground. This provides a low center of gravity and improves traction and maneuverability.
    • Large front caster tiles and rear drive tires offer increased traction, ground clearance, and stability while reducing turf compaction.
    • High back-seats with armrests and an integrated safety switch ensure comfort and safety.
    • A quick adjustable Rollover Protection System (ROPS) protects the operator from accidents.

    Cutting Decks

    Radius mower design eliminates deck sway by isolating deck struts, as Exmark did in their Lazer Z-style mowers. This design reduces noise and how much vibration the operator feels. The different series offer different deck options:

    • E-Series mowers use Exmark's 5-inch deep UltraCut Series 3 cutting deck. It is a side-discharge deck available in 48-, 52-, or 60-inch cutting widths
    • S-Series mowers are available with the same deck as the E-Series. You can also choose a 5.5-inch deep Ultra Cut Rear Discharge cutting deck with 60-inch cutting width.
    • X-Series models provide greater cutting capacity with a 5.5-inch deep UltraCut Series 4 deck. It is a side-discharge deck available in 48-, 52-, or 60-inch cutting widths

    Distinctive Designs

    Other than the cutting decks, the biggest differences between the three series are found in the comfort features and maximum speed.

    • E-Series seat has a foam padded seat cushion. These mowers offer forward speeds up to 8 mph.
    • S-series models have foam padded seats with an adjustable Seat Isolation System. These models offer forward speeds up to 9 mph.
    • X-series feature a deluxe full-suspension seat that you can easily adjust to fit the operator's weight and ride preference. These models offer forward speeds up to 10 mph.

    If you're in the market for a new professional grade mower, consider going with a model from Exmark's Radius series. We're an Exmark Turf Star Dealer, and that makes us a top choice for providing service, parts, repairs, and quality advice on Exmark equipment. Our technicians have the highest qualifications offered by Exmark and we'll be happy to answer your questions about the different mowers if you stop in at our location in Richardson, Texas.

  • Set Your Equipment Up For Spring Success

    After being in storage all winter, you'll want to make sure your equipment is in good working order before the grass starts growing. That last thing you want is to find out something isn't working the first day you try to mow the lawn or edge along a flower bed.

    Performing routine maintenance or bringing your equipment into our service department also plays a key role in extending the life of your lawn equipment. Spring's the perfect time for your equipment's yearly check-up. And if you do need new equipment, spring's a good time to catch sales.

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    Tune-Up What You Got

    If you haven't done so recently (like when you put the equipment in storage) take the time to check and clean spark plugs. This is also a good time to go over the electrical system and make sure connections are clean and tight.

    Make sure trimmer heads and mower cutting decks are clean. Replace or sharpen blades and cutting lines as-needed. For riding mowers, check that tires are properly inflated. For walk-behind mowers, check pull cords to make sure they aren't fraying.

    Troubleshoot Problems

    If you run into any trouble starting your equipment, bring it in to see us. Richard Saw and Lawnmower has a highly-qualified team of service professionals to get your equipment up and running again as quickly as possible. We pride ourselves on getting the job done right the first time.

    We can also handle any routine maintenance you'd rather not do yourself. Don't have the equipment to sharpen mower blades? We'll do it for you. Want an expert eye to look over your electrical system? Bring it on in for a tune-up. We're more than happy to help.

    Snag Some Deals

    Spring's a good time to snag some deals if you need new lawn equipment. We'll have sales going off-and-on for much of the spring, so keep an eye on our website for announcements. Some of the best brands and models of lawn equipment offer some pretty impressive discounts.

    But saving money isn't the only concern when shopping for lawn equipment. You also want to make sure you get the right equipment. Our website and blog are great resources for researching which equipment is right for you. And you can also head into our well-stocked 7,000 square-foot showroom and check out the equipment we offer in person. Our sales team will show you around, answer your questions, and help you find exactly what you need.

  • Help Your Lawn Survive a Drought

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    The warm-season grasses grown in Texas thrive in hot weather. Zoysia, Bermuda, centipede and other types of warm-season grass experience their peak growth season during the warm months of the spring, summer, and early fall. This increases their drought tolerance, and there are a few additional steps you can take to help your lawn thrive when there is little water available for irrigation.

    Watering Efficiently

    As long as you have some water available for your lawn, you want to make the most of it. Watering efficiently will minimize wasted water and ensure that the water getting to your grass encourages healthy lawn growth. Deep, infrequent watering instead of small amounts of water every day or so will encourage deep root growth and keep the soil moist for a longer time between waterings.

    Other tips for saving water include:

    • water in the morning to minimize evaporation
    • check your hoses and sprinklers regularly for leaks
    • make sure sprinklers and hoses are adjusted so water is only falling on the lawn, not the sidewalk or other areas of the yard
    • keep an eye on the weather so you're not watering right before or right after rain when possible.
    • use soaker hoses instead of sprinklers
    • avoid creating run-off by watering too much at one time

    Change Mowing Habits

    One of the easiest things you can do to help your lawn survive a drought is increase the mowing height. Taller grass blades encourage a deeper root system that will be better able to survive low water conditions. Since the grass may bHee growing more slowly with less water, you may also be able to switch from a weekly to a biweekly mowing schedule.

    When you do cut the lawn, make sure you leave the clippings on the grass instead of raking. This will return nutrients and moisture to the soil, helping to protect your lawn against drought. With a mulching mower, the clippings will be finely chopped.

    Weeds and Fertilizer

    Controlling weeds and applying fertilizer play an important role in keeping your lawn healthy. Weeds will steal water and nutrients from grass and should be removed with chemical herbicides or by pulling and other natural methods.

    Texas grasses should be fertilized at least once a year, in the spring as the peak growing season starts. A time-release chemical fertilizer or an organic fertilizer like compost are good choices. If there is enough water available, you can fertilize a few more times in the late spring and summer and early in the fall. When water is less available, however, you'll want to fertilize less to avoid stressing the grass.

    With a little attention to efficient watering and basic lawn maintenance, you'll be able to help your grass survive and thrive when there is little water available. Watering deeply when you can and increasing the mowing height will help strengthen your grass to survive periods of drought. Making sure that you're only watering grass instead of weeds, and timing your fertilization around the amount of water available, will also contribute to a healthy lawn.

  • 5 Essential Tasks For Spring Prep

    Spring is my favorite season. New baby plants, bright spring flowers, warmer weather. And you can finally get outside and start working in the yard. Just make sure you don't miss any of these essential tasks for getting the lawn and garden ready for a good spring.

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    1) Clean Things Up

    As the weather warms, start out your spring lawn care by raking. This will fluff up grass leaves and remove debris from the lawn. Some sources also suggest aerating your lawn in the spring. You'll want to time aeration with the grass's peak growing season. For cool-season grass, early spring or late fall works well. For warm-season grass, wait until late spring.

    In early spring, prune perennials back to 4-5 inches tall and ornamental grasses down to 2-3 inches. Rake dead foliage and leaves out of the flowerbeds, borders, and off the lawn so they don't smother plants or contribute to mold and disease.

    2) Stop Weeds

    If you want to use herbicides on your lawn, start by applying a pre-emergent herbicide when the top 1 inch of soil has stayed above 55 degrees Fahrenheit for five days in a row. That's about 2 to 3 weeks before the time of year you usually start noticing weed growth. If you're planning to re-seed any areas of your lawn this spring, skip the pre-emergents. They'll stop grass seeds from sprouting along with weed seeds.

    3) Get Ready To Mow

    You can start mowing in the spring as soon as the grass is tall enough. Aim for cutting off 1/3 of the grass' total height with each mowing. That will mean you're cutting about once a week during peak growth season

    Before it's time to mow, get your lawn mower out of storage and give it a tune-up. Fill it up with new gasoline and make sure it starts. If you didn't do maintenance like blade sharpening and cleaning the air filters before storing the mower last year, take care of it now.

    4) Tune-Up Equipment

    It's not just mowers that need some attention in the spring. Trimmers, tillers, edgers, and other equipment benefits from regular maintenance at least once a year. Spring's a good time for that since you're already getting equipment out of storage and making sure it's ready for use. If you find anything that needs repairs, bring it into our service department. We can also help you with routine maintenance to keep all your equipment running smoothly year-round.

    5) Start Tilling

    Once the soil in a garden is free of ice and moist but not soggy, you can start tilling. For small gardens, we offer mini-cultivators that are compact and maneuverable. For larger gardens, a mid-size or larger rear-tine tiller makes the job faster and easier.

    Working the soil in the spring lets you add organic soil amendments like compost. It also makes planting easier for you, since you're not trying to dig compacted soil. And loose soil is easier for young plant roots to grow through.

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