Spring has finally arrived in Tulsa with trees, shrubs, and lawns coming out of dormancy after a somewhat mild winter. As the weather continues to warm up along with our beneficial rain in April, it’s important to start preparing your landscape. Today I want to talk about four spring landscaping tips for Oklahoma homeowners.
Fertilize your Lawn
Fertilizing your lawn this time of year helps give your lawn the nutrients it needs as it is coming out of winter dormancy. Not only will fertilizing your lawn give you the healthy green color we all want, it will also help to thicken up the turf which will in turn naturally choke out weeds. Keep in mind though, not all fertilizers are created equal.
Proper mowing is one of the most important cultural practices of taking care of your lawn. It helps to remove any dying vegetation of weeds that may have been sprayed this spring. It is also a good idea to remove the dormant vegetation of bermudagrass lawns after the last freeze potential. In Oklahoma, you are usually safe to “scalp” your lawn after April 15th, but it does vary from season to season. For cool season grasses like Fescue, this is prime growing season so it isn’t unusual to have to mow twice a week or more. Unlike warm season grasses, scalping is not recommended for Fescue, but rather a mowing height at 2.5-4 inches tall will provide the best-looking lawn. Just make sure the blades on your mower are sharp. Dull blades rip the grass and leaves the grass damaged and more susceptible to diseases.
Replant and Replace Trees and Shrubs
Now is a good time to also replant new trees and shrubs, replacing ones that are either dead or just not doing well. I planted a new Japanese Maple where my Redbud was, and it looks great. I’ll prune back dead growth on certain shrubs, so that new growth can come in and grow. This will help keep your landscape looking more polished once summer arrives.
Check your Irrigation System
Another important part of Spring is making sure that your lawn is getting the proper amount of water. Thankfully we are getting our fair share of help from Mother Nature, but it is Oklahoma and we all know that weather conditions can turn on dime. That’s why it is important to check your sprinkler system. Verify that there aren’t any leaks and that all of the heads are working properly. In some cases, your shrubs may need to be trimmed to allow proper coverage or the height of the sprinkler heads may need to be adjusted. If you are uncomfortable with doing it yourself, there are plenty of reputable companies available to help. We have a few listed on our website under our page.
Now that spring is here, it’s a great time to get your landscape ready for the warmer weather ahead. Just keep these four tips in mind to ensure your landscape is looking its best. If you ever have a problem or concern regarding your landscape, give us a call!