Getting ready for Spring

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Welcome to The Lawn Guy’s Blog. I have just recently started blogging and have created a website to better my business and customer relationship. I have been in this business since 2001 and have enjoyed building it to what it is today. A little bit about myself before we get started; I graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 2006. I worked at Babcock & Wilcox for seven years in Security and finally settled down into my dream job of owning my own landscaping company. I have also served my country in the Army Reserve for 8 years where I served in Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  I am a proud parent of two wonderful children and a husband to a great wife. We are excited about this new experience of blogging and hope that it will help grow my business and relationships with current and future clients. I hope that what I have learned over the years will help others have a better experience with their future ventures in landscaping. I also hope that all who read this blog will enjoy and learn something as my new venture of blogging unfolds.

This week we are going to talk about Landscape Maintenance for early spring. First thing that I’m going to discuss today is your flowerbed and flower garden maintenance. While we are still in the middle of winter you should get started on preparing your flowerbeds and gardens for this spring. Soil is an important aspect of your flowerbed. Checking the soil for pH levels will help you determine what to add to your soil in order to have a beautiful garden this spring. Sometimes adding a little bit of lime to the over acidic areas and putting in some peat moss to the alkaline areas (low pH areas) are an easy fix to this problem. To determine your pH levels, go to your local garden center and purchase a soil test kit. Or you can send if off to several different places for testing. You want to take several samples of soil in different areas of the garden from 4 to 8 inches deep. Mix them together and test the soil.

While what is in your soil is very important, the same goes for what is on your soil. Mulch is a very important aspect to your flowerbeds and garden spots due to its ability to keep moisture in the soil below it. It also works as a heat blanket for those cold nights in early spring. Now the next question is what type of mulch do I use? Mulch comes in many different types, colors, and pHs. Thus it is important to find out the pH level of your soil so you can better determine which type of mulch to use. Choosing a highly acidic mulch such as oak mulch (hard wood mulch) will increase your soils pH. You can also choose a highly alkaline mulch such as pine bark mulch or even pine needles. It all depends on what your plants need to make them grow faster and stronger for a more beautiful look during Spring.

Keeping weeds out of your flowerbed is another job that no one wants to do but must be done, especially on those 90-degree days when the weeds are thriving on the heat and the drought of the soil. When testing your soil and getting it ready for planting, make sure you get all your weeds and old roots out of the soil you will be using. Also, adding a supplemental weed preventer such as Preen weed preventer is a very good investment. I like using Preen products because they have a good guarantee on their product. Preen can be found at your local Lowes or Home Depot.

So now that we know what to do to get started on your flowerbeds and gardens for this spring, we need to act on it. The knowing and the doing are two different things and that’s where I come in. If you need help doing anything that I discussed today please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

And if you were wondering:
pH - "is the negative log of hydrogen ion concentration in a water-based solution".
pH stands for "power of Hydrogen".
Alkaline - refers to soil having a pH higher then 7.
Acidic Soil - refers to soil having a pH lower than 7.

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