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Prepare Your Yard for Spring

Spring will be here as of March 20th.  The weather is warmer than it was and rain is due to fall.  So, what do you do with your yard to prepare it for the time when Southern California becomes a natural green for a brief time?  Here are some ideas:

Plan your YardLandscape Planning

It’s time to decide what you will be doing with your yard this year.  If you meant to put in sprinklers, or add a water feature, now is a good time to discuss changes with your landscaper.

Reseed your lawn 

First, rake your lawn with a stiff rake to remove any thatch.

Next, seed the lawn.

Finally, water everything.

Pull up any weeds

While not too much grows over a dry winter, we still get weeds encroaching on our lovely flower boarders or lawns.

Clean out your pond or water featurewaterscape and hardscape

In the wintertime, it can be easy to cover over your water feature and let it hibernate.  Now is a good time to reexamine it and give it a thorough cleaning.

Spring Clean your Hardscape

Now is a great time to get your hardscape cleaned off, any grass or weeds that is growing in it scraped out, and even get it sealed in preparation for the rains.

Broadcast Spring Flower Seeds

If you don’t have a lawn, or you have an area where you’d like to see a carpet of flowers, you can follow the procedure listed in reseeding your lawn above and instead of grass seed, you can broadcast seeds for spring flowers.

Clean up your Ivy

Ivy can get out of control fast.  Take this opportunity to remove any ivy growing up other plants, and to remove any dead leaves and stalks piled beneath the ivy which could cause a potential hazard.

Turn your Compost Heap

It’s easy to forget about your compost pile in the winter.  It’s chilly and you may not want to deal with outdoor chores.  But as it warms, it’s a good idea to get out there and give your compost pile a good turn and to wet it down.  Hopefully you will produce some useful compost for spring, summer, and fall.

Start your Seeds

If you like to start plants by seed, try starting some seeds now so you can plant them outdoors when springtime comes.

Here’s to a spring of showers and flowers!

 

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Keeping Your Landscape Green

Around this time of year is where we finally get to see some scattered showers once in a while – like in Agoura Hills, Children feet in green grassWoodland Hills, and Malibu. But, in between those showers, what is the best tactic for keeping everything green and happy?

1. Schedule your sprinklers.  Keep your sprinklers on a consistent schedule until rain becomes more regular.  Water your lawn deeply, every few days, in order to keep the roots growing deeper into the soil.  Right now, all we can count on when it comes to rain is inconsistent, shallow watering.

Another factor in this is that it’s still pretty warm out, so keep your watering schedule in the early morning.

2. Reseed.  It’s a little late in the year for reseeding, but you can try it and see what pops up.  A better idea is to decide weather you want to reseed next year, or if you want to get a whole new landscape installed.

3. Compost. Any areas where you think grass or other plants didn’t grow healthily last year are great areas to lay down compost this time of year.

4. As hard as it is this time of year, try to keep people and decorations off your lawn as much as possible.  One easy way to keep people from hurting your lawn is to have clear, well-lit paths or walkways.  This will direct people to walk where you want them in the predominantly dark hours of the day.

5. Maintain your mowing patterns.  Keep mowing consistently to keep your grass looking spiffy.

6. Leave some of your clippings behind.  This is a really easy way to compost your lawn.  Do a little “maintenance mowing” (meaning, don’t wait a really long time between mowings) and leave the short grass clippings on top of your lawn.

7. Try to keep your pets off the grass.  This is a hard one, but dog urine can cause yellow spots in your lawn.  If they have no other place to go to the bathroom, just make sure to spray the area they peed on afterwards with lots of water.  The pee itself is actually a great fertilizer, it’s just in such a concentrated form that it will “burn” your grass.  If you disperse the urine, the grass may even benefit from it.

Here’s to a green, lovely landscape for the holidays!

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