American Landscape Maintenance LLC

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SPRING


Spring cleanup and dethatching is best done in early April. Dethatching pulls up all the dead grass and thatch that accumulates during the prior year. Dethatching is great for the lawn and it will help thicken the grass and help prepare for new grass later. Dethatching also removes any snow mold that has shown up after the snow melts.


April 15th is a good time to start up irrigation systems. In most cases that is the date that marks the point when a frost is unlikely. This is also the best time to apply the first round of fertilizer and weed control.


May is a great time to add flowers to your landscape. This is also a good time to trim back any ornamental grass and trim trees, shrubs and bushes to prepare for the new growth.



SUMMER


In general, watering should be done on a regular once a week schedule if there has not been sufficient rainfall. It should be done with a single HEAVY watering for each area of your lawn. The soil should be wet to a depth of 4 to 8 inches from irrigation. This is usually between 1" and 2" of water. Water frequently, especially in the morning. (Turf grass requires at least 1″ of water per week.) Mow your lawn weekly. Grass should be left at a height no shorter than 2 inches. Keep an eye out for disease on plants, trees and turf Treat your lawn and landscape for fleas, ticks and any other bug infestations.


FALL


Fall is the absolute best time to improve your lawn through aeration and seeding. Aeration creates seed pockets for our seed as well as loosening the soil. This helps keep the seed in place during rain and windy conditions.


October is a good time to plant bulbs. October is also the time to start cleaning those leaves. We offer a leaf removal service and also curbside vacuum service.


November is the month for irrigation winterizations. We can shut down your system and check for any problems with your irrigation system.


Late fall is the absolute best time for landscape renovations. We can design, install and maintain your new landscape with ease. You get better plants, the transplanting is easier on the plant as it isn’t pushing new growth at transplant time Wind damage to the plant is reduced to a minimum during the transportation of plants, and you get the benefits of fall rains and cooler temperatures to acclimate the plant to its new home.



WINTER


Keep traffic on the lawn to a minimum when there is frost. Walking on frosted or frozen turf can damage the grass blades, especially on very young grass. While in most cases, the grass will recover with warmer spring weather, it’s still recommended to keep it to a minimum. Be careful to protect delicate plants during periods of extreme cold temperatures. Frost and harsh winter winds can cause cracking and splitting of bark and branches. Needles and leaves of evergreen trees and shrubs can brown severely leaving an unsightly appearance. If the damage is not severe, the plants usually recover with warmer spring temperatures, but often symptoms are not noticed until well into the summer.