These tips here are quite helpful wherever you live, not just central Oregon-centric…..
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be more than willing to help you with your concerns. Also, this was a cheap excuse for a post today. After writing this, I didn’t feel like writing anything else.
– aerating increases your turf’s ability to uptake oxygen, nutrients, water and fertilizer
– de-thatching turf with more than 1/2” of thatch is recommended as a thick thatch layer can prevent moisture and nutrients from penetrating effectively into the soil and create an environment which fosters disease
– to minimize stress and risk of pest problems on deciduous trees and shrubs, it is best to do pruning while the plants are still dormant, prior to leaf emergence
– organic mulch can control weeds, regulate soil temperature and moisture
– Mulch thickness should be between 2” and 3”
– Remove branches, fallen leaves, pine needles and other debris from beds
– Raking through beds monthly reduces compaction and fungal growth and increases water penetration
– Lastly, a pre-emergent herbicide should be put down in beds early in spring to get a jump start on weeds before they have a chance to germinate
– any perennials and grasses which did not get cut back in the Fall should be cut prior to new growth emerging
– plant material should be fertilized early before buds break on branches
– turf should be fertilized beginning in early May