Well, probably very little. It may set some weed emergence back a little. What I really wanted to talk about though, is something we face every spring. When is the best time to do spring cleanup and prune our bushes, roses, grasses, ect? It seems like our main purpose for doing it early is looks, (keeping up with the Jones?)
Let’s talk about the negative. Often times, there is no though given, to the health of the plant. Being good stewards and getting it done first, isn’t always being a good steward. There is a high likelihood that a high percentage of Knockout roses, that were pruned early will be “damaged.” Also, ornamental grasses can be susceptible to late freezes after they are cut off. I have one job where we were under pressure, from the homeowner, to get it done early. We got a late freeze and a lot of the Adagio Maiden Grasses died. Someone recently told me, Knockout Roses will freeze back from the prune location, the same amount that they freeze back during the winter. So what they were saying, is if they were not pruned before a late freeze, there would be almost no damage, they wouldn’t freeze back anymore than they already had for the winter. But if they get pruned early and we get a hard late freeze, they may freeze back another winters worth with one late freeze.
Often times while doing spring cleanups, I am amazed at the tender young shoots that are growing up underneath that (unsightly) trash, last year’s vegetation, last Falls leaves that blew in, ect. When we rake and blow that off, I think it must feel like someone jerked the covers off, early in the morning, when you are snug in a warm bed. That unsightly trash, is a protector against late spring freezes.
Am I making my point clear? Sometimes, there is quite a negative plant health aspect, that comes with peer pressure.
We landscapers aren’t guilt free either. If we can get Spring Cleanups done early , it frees our schedule up later when other things break loose, like first time mowing grass and applying crabgrass preventer ect.
To summarize, I am not against early spring cleanups. I am just opening our eyes, to a largely overlooked, negative effect, of getting too in a hurry.
Happy New Year
First off I would like to wish all our customers a Happy New Year! Last year was an interesting year as far as weather goes. Started out exceptionally wet with quite a bit of flooding and then sometime around late summer it turned off really dry. It seems like a dry winter in Kansas makes for a nice winter. Hardly seems like winter though.
Fertilizer Program Quotes
Like always it probably seems way too early to be thinking about lawns and that sort of thing but for us its time. I will be sending out quotes for our 2020 Fertilizer Program. There are not really any new or big changes this year. If you care to pre-pay those will be due Jan 31. We will be offering a 4% pre-pay discount. If you choose not to pre-pay it will be the normal price and we will leave an invoice at the time of service.
Not to Early
Also do not be surprised to see us applying the first application sometime here in January. There isn’t any negative to spreading the first application this early. It always seems like we have quite a bit of nice weather in January and we wait for February, to start applying, and February through April is not very nice weather so we get off to a late start.
Want to Overseed
If you have an area that you would like overseeded, please let us know, before we spread this first application. This application will stop and prevent all grass seed germination, so any seed that is put down this spring won’t come up.
Don’t Like Us
If you are dissatisfied with our service or have moved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text to (316)835-0343 and let us know that you know longer need our services. We will continue to service your lawn unless otherwise notified.
Just a little reminder for those that were planning on pre-paying for 2018 Fertilizer Program, your payment is due Today March 10. If you would like to pay online, send me a text or email and I will send you an invoice. Otherwise just pay from the quote you received. Thanks again!