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Here you will find seasonal tips to help keep your beautiful outdoor space in top form all year round. We have also compiled the answers to some frequently asked questions asked by our customers. If you are unable to find the answer to your question here, click here to ask the professionals at Troemel Landscaping.

    Seasonal Tips

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Clear away leaves and fallen branches from your plants, shrubs, lawn and trees. To help naturally fertilize your lawn use a mulching mower to help evenly spread grass clippings. Loosen the soil around annual plants, perennial plants and vegetable gardens. Be sure to prune shrubs and trees away from any buildings and pathways.

 

Summer
To help naturally fertilize your lawn use a mulching mower to help evenly spread grass clippings.

 

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Clear away leaves and fallen branches from your plants, shrubs, lawn and trees. To help naturally fertilize your lawn use a mulching mower to help evenly spread grass clippings.

 

Winter
Diseased plant material should be removed. Most perennials should be cut back and cleaned up with the exception of those that have a late Fall or Winter interest. Add a 1-2" layer of mulch to help keep beds moist during the Winder season as well as to add aesthetic appeal. Most evergreen shrubs can be lightly pruned, except those that have already set their buds for the following season like azaleas and rhododendrons.

 

    Frequently Ask Questions

When can I plant?
The Fall and Spring time are the best times to plant due to moisture and temperature. However, you can plant year round as long as the temperature is not too hot, 90 degrees + or cold 30 degrees -. Watering should be done on a regular basis.
 

Do we need to water our new plants?
A watering schedule is necessary for new plantings. Often in the Spring and Fall moisture is prevalent. With the way our Summers have been lately, it is necessary to water your plants often (mainly in the morning).
 

Should I water at night?
Watering at night is not recommended. Early morning is the best time to water. Watering at night can cause fungi and molds during the Summer.
 

Do we need to mulch our beds on a yearly basis?
Mulching on a yearly basis is recommended for two reasons:
1. Aesthetics - mulch will tend to bleach out and discolor.
2. Moisture - heavy rains/wind and blowers will wear away the mulch over time. Your plants need mulch to hold moisture around the drip line of the plants.
 

When should pruning be done?
Pruning can be done year round, however, each planting has its own restrictions on when and how frequent. It is best to consult your landscaper or garden center.
 

When is a good time to aerate my lawn?
The Fall, however, if your lawn needs revitalizing it can be done in the Spring. The only concern would be crabgrass and you can put a product called Tupersan down at the same time of aeration. Often Tupersan is expensive, but it has a dual task of not allowing weeds of any kind to germinate and it fertilizes your lawn.
 

How many lawn fertilizer applications should I have?
Anywhere from 4-8 applications is a good indicator. Each lawn has its' own requirements and set of circumstances (example: irrigation/shade, etc.)
 

What height should our lawn be cut at?
We cut at 3.5" to 3.75". This allows your lawn to handle the Summer temperatures without turning brown. If you cut it shorter than 3.5" you may run the risk of burning your lawn out.
 

Do we need to cut our lawn every week?
We cut our lawns on a weekly basis throughout the year. We will not cut a lawn if it will harm it (example: July 95 degrees and no rain in sight). If you do not cut your lawn once a week in the Spring and Fall, you could do your lawn more harm than good due to clumping of the grass in the lawn. This can create spots in your lawn from the decomposing clumps.
 

Do we need to water our lawn?
Watering can be done from Spring through the Fall 2-3 times a week. Watering should be done in the early morning hours. It is not necessary to water that often in the early Spring due to the fact that rain is common in the Spring time.

 

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