April Garden Tips: Spring is an interesting time

Your plants are becoming more alive every day, bolstered by the food energy stored from last season. It’s really a remarkable “system,” and it’s our purpose to augment that system in any way we can to help your landscape thrive beautifully!

Beyond the physical items of removing winter’s debris, and pruning stems and branches which may have been injured or broken during winter storms, are the biological items that nurture and conserve your landscape’s beauty and health.

Roots – of trees, shrubbery and turf – are part of a remarkable natural system. They are ‘programmed’ to grow the most during the fall and early-to-late-spring periods. Winter’s freezing weather helps this process by the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil, making it looser so roots have the ability to grow as deep as they can.

A light fertilizing in the spring not only helps the grass turn greener, which everyone likes, but also fuels root growth. This root growth is important in two ways. One, it will help keep tight soils looser longer into the growing season; and two, those new roots don’t live very long, and when they die, provide a natural and ready source of organic material which is essential for a vital biological system to function within the soil, and better able to support healthy life above ground.

Safeguarding the efficiency of this natural system is one reason for protecting lawns and plants from insects that just love to dine on the ultra-nutritious fresh spring growth. All kinds of weeds are also bursting with energy, and for the sake of appearance, they need to be taken care of. The problem is that they are messengers. An abundance of crabgrass indicates calcium is lacking in the top layer of soil; and tap roots of dandelions replenish needed nutrients from deeper levels.

Overall, it is an ingenious system, this growing of plants, and we’re glad to be a part of the grand design.

Note: Grass Seed Takes Twice As Long To Germinate In Cool Spring Soil.

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