April Showers Bring May Flowers

11-May-2015

Spring is here! Winter is forced to releases it's grip, as warmer days are here. All over there are signs of spring. Look for red bud, dog woods, crab apple  and other flowering trees to begin blooming this month. Spring bulbs, such as, daffodil, crocus, hyacinth, and tulips are all starting to bloom. Some striking flowering shrubs to look for are, forsythia, magnolia, rhododendrons.

 The rain also plays an important role in washing away/diluting salt, and other chemicals used in the snow and ice removal process. In addition, the rains will fill lakes, rivers, and streams raising the water table for drier months ahead.  

 As opening day at Busch stadium arrives, so do the months where your clients and employees spend more time outside enjoying the gorgeous spring weather. Your preparation and site work should be paying off now, as mother nature shows off some of the most vibrant colors of the year! A facilities well groomed grounds with blooming plants, fresh crisp mulch beds, and freshly mowed green grass is an inviting oasis.

Things To Look For In April On Your Site

  • Spring bulbs and spring flowering perennials blooming
  • Spring flowers trees, shrubs, and perennials begin blooming 
  • Pre-emergent herbicides and fertilizers applied to turf
  • Pre-emergent herbicides applied in mulch beds
  • Repair winter damages areas
  • Repair landscape lighting, replace bulbs, adjust time for extended daylight hours
  • Mowing and trimming of turf
  • Completion of bed edging and mulch applications
  • Over seeding of any bare areas of turf or winter damaged areas

What Is Mulch?

A mulch is any material, organic or inorganic, that is placed on top of the soil in a garden or landscape.  Mulches are one of the most valuable tools and an essential component of low-maintenance landscapes.

Benefits Of Mulches

Aside from their decorative value, mulches offer many benefits to your soil and plants.  Mulch reduces the amount of water lost through evaporation by shielding the soil from the sun's drying rays.  It keeps the soil cooler during the summer and acts as an insulator through the cold winter months lessening the effects of fluctuating temperatures on plant roots which in turn decreases their susceptibility to frost heaving.   Organic matter is added to the soil as the mulch breaks down.  Increasing the soil organic matter will improve a soil's moisture and nutrient holding capacity, structure, and drainage.  Mulch also encourages the activity of beneficial soil organisms.  Weed growth is suppressed by the use of a mulch as is the spread of some plant diseases.  Mulched plots are also less prone to erosion.

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