When does the Lawn Care Season start around Morristown NJ

At Anthony Agudelo Landscaping we usually start the lawn service season March first as long there is no snow in the ground or a prediction of an arriving storm, the spring cleanup is our first service for lawn maintenance and possible application of fertilizer and crabgrass pre-emergent if there is not a need of seeding bare spots in the lawn and also the application of weed preventers in the shrubs and flower beds

For a longer description of what should be done at the spring cleanup please search our post “Spring Cleanup Steps”, and remember that if you have questions you can write to us or call 973-895-7725

Basic Lawn Care Program

A basic lawn care program for Morris county should include:

– Fertilizer with small quantity of nitrogen in the spring if the lawn is going to get several applications during the growing season, if it is only getting 1 or 2 then we should wait to the fall to do it.

– Crabgrass preventer one or twice depending on the severity of the problem the previous year.

– Broad leaf weed control should be done early in the season because once the temperature goes above 85 degrees there is the risk of harming the lawn.

– lime application to correct the PH in the soil to maintain it near 6.5

– Insect control for surface feeding insects like chinch bugs and for root feeding insects like grubs

– Fungus control would only be suggested in a curative basis since it has to do a lot with the weather conditions because in order for it to occur 3 factors have to be present, a susceptible plant, the presence of the infection and the right weather conditions for the disease to spread.

The only other factor that comes to mind is the mowing height and frequency and I would like to say the higher the length of the grass blades the better for the plant because it will allow for a better photosynthesis, it will shade the crabgrass in its early stages and slow down its growth and will stand a better chance in hot conditions because it has a deeper root system.

Spring Cleanup Steps

A spring cleanup should be:

Done early in the season so if there are any bare or thin areas in the lawn grass seed and a very light fertilizer application could be done giving it time to germinate before a crabgrass preventer has to be put down.

The time to cut back perennials, ornamental grasses, dead or broken branches, if the ground is not frozen split perennials, move any plants to its new location and might also be a time to cut back overgrown plants if you know their flowering cycle.
It is also the perfect time to apply a weed pre-emergent in the shrubs and flower beds so you get them before they germinate in the up coming season.

Finally after everything has been cleaned then it is time for mulching so we do not give weeds a chance to germinate.

Benefits of Salting before a snow storm

To apply salt to a parking area or driveway before the snow storm arrives has the benefit of not allowing the snow to get packed down from foot steps or cars traffic and if the storm is small it will melt the snow as it falls or at least reduce the snow accumulation, the grains of salt will also serve for traction until they are dissolved by the moisture in the snow.
The big benefit comes after plowing the snow because there will not be thick layers of compacted snow or ice to be removed, the reason you may have noticed some lines on the highways or local roads before any predicted storms is because liquid salt has been applied to them to prevent the snow from adhering to the road surface and this is the reason why after the roads have been plowed in a couple of hours they are drivable.