Seasonal Tips


  • Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to all planting areas late in March.
  • Divide perennials until the end of May.
  • Apply mulch to planting areas not to exceed 2-1/2 inches.
  • Clean up landscape debris that may have accumulated over the winter.
  • Sharpen your mower blades at the start of the season.


  • Prune any spring-flowering shrubs and trees as needed.
  • Water your lawn weekly if rain is scarce or your soil is poor.
  • Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them.
  • Sharpen your mower blade again halfway through the season.


  • Water trees and shrubs thoroughly mulched before the first frost.
  • Cut back perennials after hard frost.
  • Remove leaves and other landscape debris from lawn and planting areas.
  • Fertilize your lawn around Thanksgiving to promote strong root growth during winter.
  • Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter to prevent snow mold.


  • Put burlap windscreens around less hardy plants if they're in exposed areas.
  • If ice or snow does break tree limbs, have the limbs removed as soon as weather permits – damaged trees are prone to disease.
  • Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you're shoveling snow.
  • Dormant prune woody shrubs and trees in February.
  • Use only non-salt de-ices for sidewalks and driveways, so the runoff doesn't harm plants.
  • Salt will damage grass, perennials, and shrubs, and will keep the plants from absorbing much-needed water.
  • Check any perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots popping out of the ground. If they have, gently push them back into place, and add mulch.