Hi I’m Matt McCoy from McCoy Landscape and I’m here today to talk about some March landscape tips. If you’re like me then one of the great things about this season is just being able to get out of the house and walk around a little bit after being stuck in the house for months.

One of the first things that I do this time of year is inspect the lawn and landscape looking for any damage. This includes animal damage or winter damage. Critter damage is common due to the impact of the snow buildup that can cover up the food sources for animals such as rabbits. The result of this would be the rabbits consuming landscape plants instead of their normal means of survival.

When inspecting the lawn, you want to look for areas of matted grass. Rake up any matted areas of grass and try to get those areas loosened.

During this time of year, it would be a good idea to complete the first application of fertilizer. Fertilizer with crab grass pre-emergent would typically be the first application that you do in your lawn care program. You should do this by the middle of April when ground temperatures are at about 55 degrees.

Don’t prune roses and hydrangeas quite yet. This would encourage new growth which could be damaged by a late freeze. Don’t prune plants that bloom on old growth such as some varieties of Hydrangea.

Instead, you want to prune those that bloom on new growth such as Potentilla and Spirea. Doing so before they begin to bud out will encourage a fuller, more compact plant.

Cleaning up the lawn and landscape now will help to ensure that you are ready for the growing season. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.mccoylandscape.com or give us a call at 844-4mccoys.

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