Calendar

Fall (September 1st – November 30th)

  • Aerate compacted lawn areas
  • Clean gutters and drains
  • Do not prune shrubs after September 30 until Mid November. One does not want to encourage tender growth that will be damaged by winter
  • Fall clean up
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Install fall mums
  • Install spring bulbs
  • Late fall install pansy
  • Monitor insect and diseases
  • Slice seed thin lawn areas
  • Tend perennials (dead head, divide and remove)
  • Turn off irrigation
  • Winterize water features

Spring (March 15th - May 31st)

  • Apply lawn pre-emergent herbicide (Before the Forsythia drop their flowers)
  • Apply pre-emergent control to shrub beds
  • Apply supplemental fertilizer lawn
  • Clean winter’s debris (lawn and shrub beds)
  • Commence mowing (rule of thumb, only remove 1/3 grass blade length)
  • Cut back dead ornamental grasses
  • Dead head tulip and daffodils
  • Monitor for insect and diseases
  • Prune shrubs that have flowered
  • Prune winter injury to trees and shrubs
  • Remove excessive mulch on trees and shrubs
  • Remove lawn thatch
  • Select and install annuals (fertilize with time release product) (dry locations plant with hydro gel for water retention)
  • Spring tune-up on irrigation
  • Treat broadleaf weeds
  • Uncover perennials, assess and fertilize
  • Uncover roses, prune dead and fertilize
  • Weed perennial bed as needed

Summer (June 1st – August 31st)

  • Don’t mow lawns that are stressed (easy method to define stress, if you walk across the lawn and after 3 hours the path is visible the lawn needs to be watered).
  • Late summer apply lawn grub control
  • Monitor for insect and diseases.
  • Monitor lawns, shrubs, annuals and trees for stress.
  • Prune needle evergreens and shrubs that have flowered.
  • Raise mowing height to 3.5” when summer’s heat arrives.
  • Spot treat weed in beds with contact herbicide.
  • Tend perennials and annuals (dead head and remove dead materials)
  • Turn on irrigation (it is better to water well a few times a week then water a little daily, never water in the evening, a lawn should be dry during the night to discourage disease. Apply water in the early morning before your shower (this cuts down on midday evaporation). About 1” of water per week is good for an established lawn on 6” of loam. A simple method to see how much is being applied to it, put a cup in the irrigation area and measure the amount of water. Various soil types will require water adjustments depending on the lawn appearance.
  • Weed and spruce up bed edges.

Winter (December 1st – January 31st)

  • Apply an anti-desiccants to broad leaf evergreens to reduce winter sun scald. New planting are also benefit for and application. Two applications are recommended December and February.
  • Attend the regional flower show.
  • Late winter prune fruit trees
  • Prune trees, a perfect time to see tree structure. Avoid removing more than 15% of the tree mass. Perfect time to inspect for tree hazards.
  • Relax and plot your next season gardening projects.
  • Take a class in horticulture.
  • Water new plant one last time before the ground freezes