Spring has Sprung: An Open Letter from Your Lawn

Spring has Sprung: An Open Letter from Your Lawn

Hey you, it’s me … your lawn.

You remember all those good times we had last year? Well, I, for one, would like to take that magic green carpet ride all over again. We have new memories to make, new milestones to celebrate, new friends to make feel at home. But I’m not just going to snap back into game shape at the drop of a Phillies cap. I need some attention down here. I need some season groundskeeping. I need spring training.

It was a long winter, my friend, but it’s warming up out there. The grass is growing again. It’s game on for you and me.

Before you try to pull start your mower (it’s hidden back there behind the covered Weber grill) or dial up Wild Goose Landscaping, there’s a few things you can do to whip me back into shape and set me up for another winning season.

Work out the kinks

Does that hose in your shed look more like a shed snake skin? Start the season with the right tools, and first up is quality garden hose. You’ll be leaving it outside so spring for one that resists UV damage and brass couplings with rubber washers that will screw on spigots easily and keep their hold. And don’t buy the short hose because it’s a few bucks cheaper, that heroic water carrying rubber funnel needs to reach all of your flower beds and cover that whole beautiful lawn.

H2-whoa

You got the new hose and the spigots are ready to charge, but take a nice walk before you start drenching everything that grows underfoot. Your roots are what grow first, so when the ground is a little dry they’ll dig deep into the soil and set themselves up to weather whatever weather is on the horizon. So you don’t want to water too soon, but to everything a season. Take a walk around your property and step firmly on the grass. If the grass doesn’t spring back to attention, it’s time to let the water flow.

Fill in the Gaps

You know who loves to party in my bare spots? Weeds! They’re the next ones to arrive if you don’t make a plan to pack those spots with new grass seed or sod patches. Pull them weeds out before you get started and looses the surface of the soil with a hoe or rake. Get the party started right. For seeds, cover those bad boys up with some fresh soil and tamp it down. If you’re going the sod route, press it down nice and firm. Good soil contact makes for good growing. Now go get that cool new hose and water those spots, keeping them moist but not saturated.

Seize the Weed

Since you’re already yanking weeds from the bare spots, or former bare spots (because you’re sowing new seeds or laying sod, right?), keep going. Grub them dandelions throughout your yard. Pull that chickweed. If there’s too much ground to cover using just elbow grease, look into an organic herbicide, and use only where weeds seem to be an issue. A healthy lawn like me will resist those pesky weeds, but a few party crashers manage to make an appearance.

Now we’re ready for the season. Watch me grow! OK, don’t just watch me grow, take your mower in for a tune-up or call Wild Goose Landscaping and let them do the dirty work this season. You and I can enjoy our weekends together.

Sincerely,

Lawn

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Got Mulch? Because spring is coming fast

Got Mulch? Because spring is coming fast

Everybody’s talking about mulching these days: Types of mulch, when to mulch, colors of mulch, what rhymes with mulch. It’s late winter and we’ve all been inside too long, but the time is near, my friends, the time for mulch.

As winter wanes, the ground begins to warm. It’s only natural. Dreams of spring dance in every seedling underfoot. While mulching too early can impede the warming, it’s not too early to make a game plan. It’s already staying light later and you’ll be able to enrich your soil in just weeks.

So, what is mulch anyway? Mulch is comprised of any number of things — leaves, straw, shredded bark, sawdust, woodchips, shredded newspaper, compost, animal manure or wool, just to name a few. And that’s just organic mulch. Permanent mulches made of shredded rubber tires or crushed rock are excellent alternatives if you find all that organic stuff is too popular with insects.

The ground is frozen, there’s slushy snow puddles in the yard and blooming flowers are the last thing on your mind. We hear you. But hear this: Applying mulch now will conserve your soil’s moisture, improve the fertility and health of the soil, reduce weed growth and enhance the visual appeal of your backyard kingdom.

Too early, you say? The Phillies are about to head north.

And if you have young trees, mulch is their best friend.

  • Mulch insulates the soil, helping to provide a buffer from extreme temperatures.
  • Mulch retains water and keeps roots moist.
  • Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
  • Mulch prevents soil compaction.
  • Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.

Now that you’re super excited to go a-mulchin’, hold your overalls a minute. A word of caution: Don’t go overboard. It’s a fine art applying that natural waste. While mulch controls and kills weeds, it can do the same to your desired plants, so go easy, fella. A 1- to 2-inch layer of fine mulch should be sufficient, while a coarser material should be 3 to 4 inches deep. Too much can suffocate your plants. Seedlings can work their way through a thin layer of mulch, but too deep a layer could be impenetrable. Let your plants get off to a good start first. You can always add more mulch next season.

Of course, in areas where you simply want to keep anything from growing — as barren as the dark side of the moon — lay it on as thick as you like, mate.

As always, the professionals at Wild Goose Landscaping are here to help this season. We’ve got mulch and we know what to do with it.

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