What to Watch for in Your Spring Landscape
Check your roses, flowering trees and shrubs for aphids or caterpillars. The most important thing now is to identify the problem then deal with it right away. There are organic and pesticide remedies to eliminate these pests…the choice is yours and all are available at your local nursery and garden centers.
Turn your sprinklers back on for the spring, let them run through a watering cycle, then walk around the property and inspect the irrigated areas for suspicious wet spots, muddy holes and dry areas. Do not just turn on the irrigation system and forget about it. Even though the irrigation has been off for the winter, it can still get damaged by freezing temperatures, voles and moles, nozzles get plugged with hibernating insects and solid mineral deposits which harden off from your water source.
Weeds! Check all your flower beds and lawns for early spring weeds, it’s best to catch them now and start to eliminate them so they don’t reach maturity and are more difficult to deal with later. Again they can be removed by hand, mechanically or with a herbicide. Once all the weeds are eliminated you should mulch your flower beds to deter weeds and to help hold moisture in your soil. Mulches to use would include compost, bark varieties, recycled organic mulch…all available at garden centers and landscape suppliers.
Mold, Mildew and Fungus are very common in the spring and are mostly present on plants that are in the shade; or plants that get watered at night without sufficient drying time come morning. Flowering plants like roses are susceptible to black spot, rust and powdery mildew…and the fungus is spread by the drip drip drip from one leaf to another. Again there are organic and chemical methods to eradicate this problem…if you are a do it yourselfer consult your local nurseryman, if not inform your landscape maintenance contractor about what you have found.