Tips to get an early start on lanscaping for spring

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With winter pretty much behind us here in the sunshine state, many are preparing once again to get their yard looking great.

From fertilizer to insect control, there are many things you can do now to prevent more headaches later.

Here are a few tips to help you get a jump start on your yard:

  • Test Your Lawn’s pH.  Many lawn experts recommend you test the pH level in your yard every 2-3 years to ensure it has the proper level of minerals in it.
  • Don’t over fertilize your yard.  Many people have the idea that throwing down a ton of fertilizer at first is a great idea, when in actuality, that can hurt your yard.  Start with a small amount now, and progress as the summer months continue.
  •  Choose the Right Grass Type for Your Lawn.  If you are doing any resodding, be sure to select the right type of grass for Florida climate.  This considering there are over 9,000 different types of grass.
  • DO NOT mow short.  When it comes time to begin mowing, keep it long.  Grass grows best at 2 inches or higher.  This will help to ensure a healthy lawn later in the summer.
  • Control and prevent Crabgrass now.  If you’ve had issues with Crabgrass before, NOW is the time to put down a Crabgrass preventer to help prevent the spread of Crabgrass.
  • March is still too early for insect control.  If you are looking to begin insect control, don’t.  March is still too early for insect control.  March is still considered cold to many bugs and have not yet made the move out of their winter burrows. April and May is when you will begin to see those pesky bugs emerge and then you can begin insect control.

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via Hicks Landscape

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