With the spring months come warmer temperatures, and warmer temperatures mean it’s time you can start planting your favorite warm-weather plants. With the winter season being over, make sure you clear any dead, unwanted plants – also known as “thatch” – before you begin planting new plants. If you do not get rid of this dead material, any new seed or fertilizer will sit on top of these dead plants, instead of seeping into the soil.
April and May are the best months to start planting flowering trees and shrubs, including live oak, bald cypress, and the silver buttonwood. Warmer temperatures also allow residents to add color to their landscapes. Look around your landscape and determine what areas you can “brighten up.” Bougainvilleas are always a nice addition to any landscape, and they can be purchased in a variety of colors.
Last but not least, before adding new plants to your landscape, make sure you prune and weed any necessary plants. This might not be everyone’s favorite activity, but it will be worth it in the long run and will make your landscape even better than before. Certain types of grasses, especially ornamental ones, will need to be trimmed every other week.
How do you prepare your lawn and landscaping for the warmer temperatures? Let us know in the comment section below.
by Keith Carracher, President, Complete Property Maintenance, Inc.