This is what I just finished writing for work

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.

Spring has sprung here in Central Oregon so it’s time to get your landscape ready for another beautiful High Desert summer.  Here are a few quick tips on how to prepare your landscape for success:
 
 
De-thatch and aerate your turf

       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

Pruning plant material

       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

Prepare beds

       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

Remove Dead Perennials and grasses

       any perennials and grasses which did not get cut back in the Fall should be cut prior to new growth emerging

 
Fertilization

       plant material should be fertilized early before buds break on branches

               –  turf should be fertilized beginning in early May

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