Precision Lawn Care, Inc. May 2013
May Landscape tips.
April showers bring May flowers. This year this may actually happen. The last few years April has been dry. The Atlanta area is experiencing one of the coolest and wettest Springs in years. There is a threat for a freeze, and even frost, in mid-May in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. And the Georgia drought has finally been broken according to the United States drought monitor. This season finally brought some much needed rain to our area, but the problem was it came all at once. Some areas in Georgia saw 15-20 inches in one month!!!
You may want to look at the March and April newsletters in our Newsletter Archives for things to do this time of year. The same general advice is on target, especially this year since the weather has been so cool. Remember that bagging grass clippings is just like throwing away fertilizer. Unless it clumps up badly, just leave it on your lawn. And please MOW HIGH to choke out weeds.
*Not only does your lawn get hungry, it also needs to breathe. Too much thatch can turn a healthy lawn into hay! If you haven't called us about aeration maybe you haven't been convinced. Check out the May 2011 newsletter for more information, then call us.
*If you are taking care of your own pruning remember to hold off on pruning those spring flowering shrubs that bloom on last year's growth such as Lilac, Forsythia, Quince, Magnolia, Azalea, Mock Orange, Weigela, etc. These should all be pruned after they finish blooming, usually in late spring or early summer. Evergreens such as Arborvitae, Junipers and Yews should be trimmed after they flush their new growth. This should be done in late May or early June. Do not trim evergreens after July. As always, remove any dead or broken material.
*It's time to divide your perennials and maybe plant some new ones. Perennial flowers are wonderful for your planting beds, but they bloom for only so long. You may have perennials blooming in your bed in May, then nothing until July. Incorporating annuals into a do-it-yourself landscaping plan will "plug the gaps," giving you continuous color in the yard.
*Reset automatic timers on outdoor lighting and irrigation systems now that Daylight Savings Time has begun. Check outdoor lighting fixtures for damage, replacing bulbs as necessary
*Inspect irrigation filter screens for damage. Clean the filter screens by opening the end of the filter and running water through briefly. Soak the screens in a 50/50 water and vinegar solution if there is mineral buildup. Flush the irrigation lines. Find the end cap and briefly run the system to flush out debris. You also want to check valve boxes for debris buildup or muddy conditions indicating poor drainage.
As the weather does get warmer you will be looking for plants that can take summer heat. These include salvia, torenia, wax begonia, coleus, & ornamental pepper. You can also plant heat-loving herbs, including basil, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary. Harmful insects become more and more active as the weather warms. Keep an eye out for thrips, scale, and mites on ornamental plants. You might want to read or re-read blogs in our Pest Control Category at http://www.precisionlawncareinc.com/blog/?cat=7
Of course, if you are one of our valued Precision Lawn Care customers, we'll have this covered for you. When you see your neighbor toiling over his landscape this month, tell him to call us. If he signs up, we will buy your lunch! (we will give you a $25 restaurant certificate)