But make no mistake, in recent weeks we’ve been wrapping up winter, even though we have our mild days when you might wonder, “Is it spring yet?”
As winter tapers off and spring is on the doorstep, the Stay Green team is aware that your landscapes may be wondering if it’s spring yet, too. Our team has been busily preparing for spring, the fastest-growing time of year for vegetation, while also taking care of winter landscape needs and preventive maintenance.
Bearing in mind that we may not be out of the woods yet when it comes to those final winter storms, you might notice the Stay Green team undertaking a number of activities that individual homeowners should also avoid overlooking:
- Mulching & Pruning: Mulching nourishes soil and helps it retain moisture. We hand-prune shrubs and bushes, helping promote healthy growth in the coming spring. Doing this work by hand rather than by machine reduces energy use and emissions – part of our overall sustainability practices – and also avoids unnecessary plant damage.
- Weed Control: Like little landscape time bombs, weed seeds wait in the soil to germinate after winter rains. We apply pre-emergent herbicide in the winter, stopping weeds before they sprout.
Tree Care: At this time of year we’re carefully trimming trees, removing low-hanging branches – which helps with pest control – and trimming those that are vulnerable to wind, so we can prevent them from doing damage if that next big storm arrives.
- And More: Routine inspection and debris removal is important to make sure drains and rain gutters will efficiently do their jobs in the remaining rains, and also to prevent erosion of landscaped areas.
As always, we encourage you to call us at (800) 858-5508, any time, day or night, if your landscape needs urgent attention. When storms arrive, quick action by our team can mitigate any damage Mother Nature may be causing.
In the weeks ahead, as our Southern California “winter” tapers off and transitions into spring, we’ll shift gears into spring maintenance, stepping up the pace of activities like mowing, weed control and irrigation system inspections to make sure everything is in tip-top shape before we step up the pace of your watering schedule. Spring officially arrives on March 20. We’re ready, and your landscapes will be, too!