We were teased in late March with some dry sunny weather as April has started wet and the forecast is for significantly above normal rain all month. This is good news for the summer water supply for the Portland areas as well as throughout Oregon as this rain has extended throughout the state. Water supply should not be a concern, but landscape work will be difficult this spring until weather dries out.
The heavy rain has made most lawns wet and soggy. We are trying to work around the rain and take advantage of any dry stretches, but they have been few and far between. We will mow when we can but have many other priorities that we are also working through.
We have moved into our weekly mowing routine where possible, but the extremely wet conditions have complicated our ability to mow some areas due to the saturated soil. We continue to downsize equipment to reduce damage, but some is still occurring.
Storm Clean-up: Spring wind always spreads debris after we have cleaned things up. Frustrating as most sites have been cleaned up from winter but often spring storms make sites a bit messy again. We are continuing to clean projects up.
Winter leaf-out and leaf drop: As plants come out of dormancy and leaf out or bloom, there is always a lot of bloom and leaf drop that needs cleaned up. We will be at this on our weekly visits.
Irrigation season is closer than you think
: Yes, we are working diligently on activating and servicing your irrigation system. We normally start to irrigate by the beginning of May so that is our goal. We will likely not start by then, but it is not out of the question yet as weather can turn dramatically.
Pansy health: Pansies continue to shine as this is the best Pansy blooming, we can remember.