How To Revive Your Yard For Summer During Watering Restrictions

How To Revive Your Yard For Summer During Watering Restrictions

Reviving a yard after such a harsh winter will take some know-how.  Regardless of whether you are trying to prime your yard for the summer or wondering how to boost your curb-appeal to list your home for sale, read on for some helpful tips and techniques from guest-blogger Ryan Haralson, owner of A&H Landscaping.  Admittedly, I have been doing my own yard for a few years; it's a "therapy" to me...but I can also say that I have not since won the HOA Yard-of-the-Month Award (two months in a row!) as I did when Ryan was tending to my oasis.  Regardless of whether you are looking for routine maintenance or a landscape-design artist in the collin county or surrounding area(s), A & H Landscaping is one to count on... 

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Welcome guest-blogger and owner of A & H Landscaping, Ryan Haralson, with some helpful tips for your yard: 

As everyone knows, Mother Nature has not been too kind over the past 5 years. We have been in a major drought and then combined with a few ice/snow events and sub-32 temperatures which have damaged just about everyone's lawn and landscape, trees, flowers and shrubs. Another major problem are the City Water Restrictions. Please see next blog for our new defense mechanisms to beat the system and save your lawn, landscape and foundation.
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Spring is finally here. I would start by scalping and bagging your grass, Scalping is essentially cutting your lawn very short and cutting the dormant thatch off the top layer. Make sure you bag the grass the first few mowings of the year. Regular mulching mowers will just cut the weeds and spread them across the lawn area which may cause more weed growth. It's also time for a good granular fertilizer/weed and feed fertilizer. If you already have weeds that have appeared, I would use a good post emergent fertilizer. Pre-emergent fertilizers/weed killers are applied to prevent new weeds from growing. Remember, rescuing and having a green and plush yard does not happen overnight, its a process. You can always mix some weed store- bought weed killers in a pump sprayer and spot spray them. Make sure you do not use Roundup. That product isnt used on turf/lawns. A home remedy works too, mixing vinegar and water and applying that to individual weeds. Also, the good ole hands and shovel or weed popper will work great as well... When attacking weeds by hand with a shovel or butter knife, make sure you remove the entire weed by the root or your time is wasted and the weeds will return.

After you control your weeds, maybe apply a 16-20-0 fertilizer which will green-up the lawn and support the roots. I would suggest 5-6 applications of fertilizer throughout the year. Also sneaking in some extra watering sessions will always help. Hand and hose watering is permitted in all cities. All living material needs WATER. Think of it as a human, what if you went 2 or more days without water?? That wouldn't be good.  I cannot stress watering enough. Once or twice every two weeks IS NOT gonna work, especially on anything that's new or not established. WATER, WATER WATER... Also, do not water at night. It can cause root rot.  Again, please see our next blog for a new plan of attack for watering.  Protect your investments. We install full-landscape packages all the time and I will drive-by and check on them and in many cases, people do not do their homework and provide sufficient water.  We are also installing new Xeriscapes and Rock-decorative gravel landscapes. Xeriscapes, are very drought tolerant landscape materials. We can do some magic stuff with river-rock, boulders, flagstone and rock.. Please inquire within if you choose the professional route? Estimates are always free....

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As for your bedding plants and flowers, Spring is a great time to cut-back and trim shrubs. You will have some browning which is freeze damage. Hand-prune or cut them with a hedge-trimmer. Then it's time for a good heavy dose of a granular fertilizer. I use Color-scapes, Color Star or Osmocote. Most of those can be purchased at Home Depot/Lowes, or Wells Brothers Farm and Feed Store in Plano. Those are granular as well and easily applied by hand or a hand-spreader. They must be watered into the ground thoroughly...

Enjoy. Feel free to call, text or email me if you have any questions or want to let us help you professionally or post any questions that you may have below.

A&H Landscape
Ryan Haralson

Thinking of selling your home and seeking other pre-listing tips or an agent in the Mckinney or surrounding area(s) to help you get top-dollar?  Feel free to contact me.

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