6 Easy Tips To A Healthy And Beautiful Lawn & Landscape From A Raleigh Landscape Designer

Posted on | April 26, 2016 | No Comments

Spring is here, and if you’re like me, you have been thrilled to see North Carolina beautifully in bloom once again! Spring means warmer weather and a return to enjoying our lawns and gardens. We all want the exteriors of our homes to look their best, so North Carolina Design turned to Raleigh landscaping and lawn expert Kevin Fontaine, owner of Fontaine Landscaping, for some tips on what will bring out the best in our lawns and outdoor living spaces this spring.

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Clean Up Your Lawn
Kevin suggests raking leftover leaves and clearing out any debris that might be cluttering your lawn. “Removing debris from your lawn allows sunlight and water to reach the grass, which promotes optimum growth, ” Kevin offers.

In The Spring – Teach Your Grass To Grow
Spring is the ideal time to condition your grass to become more tolerant. “Realistically, in the spring, we’re still getting rain and you don’t want to supplement that too much,” Kevin explains. “Less watering means the root will stretch in search of water, and in the long run, you end up with healthier grass. You’ll see someone that is watering their lawn now several times a week and it looks really lush. The problem is that later in the season these roots have not been conditioned to survive. Right now, let mother nature do her thing. In the end, you’ll have a healthier lawn.”

The War On Weeds
When it comes to dealing with weeds, Kevin advises clients to apply a pre-emergent herbicide to lawns in early spring, since it keeps weed seeds from germinating as the weather warms up. For those of us who missed that window and now have patches of weeds dotting our lawns, he notes that all is not lost. “You can still apply a half rate of the pre-emergent which will protect your lawn from future weed seed,” Kevin says. “The half rate leaves enough time for it to break down before it’s time for fall grass seeding. This won’t kill your existing weeds – you’ll need to use a post-emergent liquid type of weed killer.”

Fill In Those Unsightly Bare Spots
Springtime is not the time of year for planting grass, so does that mean that you must put up with bare spots on your lawn for the next 6 months? Kevin offers a resounding, “No.” Following a specific regime, these eyesores will quickly disappear. “Rough up the bare spot with a rake to break up the soil,” he explains. “You’ll then want to bring in some composted soil. Lastly, add seed and water the area.”

Insect Patrol
Kevin recommends that you regularly inspect trees and bushes for the presence of any insects. If you see evince of an insect – “Don’t spray just to spray,” Kevin advises. “That’s bad for the environment. Just because you see one or two of something does not necessarily mean you have a problem. It takes quite a few of something to do damage. You want to first identify what you are dealing with. Take a leaf to your local garden center. Ask them what it is. Make sure it is populated enough to warrant spraying, and if necessary, spray accordingly.”

According to Kevin, mulching your trees now will help keep their roots moist and protect them from warmer weather. “Avoid ‘volcano mulching’,” he advises. “Mulch should have a depth of two to three total inches. You should still be able to see some fibrous roots.”

Fontaine Landscaping has designed, installed and maintained residential and commercial landscapes throughout the Triangle area since 1996.

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