It's been a long variable winter but a good winter in the landscape as we have been working hard and diligently preparing for spring. Today will feel like and marks the first day of spring. However, the end of February and most of March have been cooler than normal and that trend continues late this week. The landscape is coming to life and the work that we have completed so far has us ready for the exciting spring season.
We have not done much mowing this season due to the weather. January was quite warm and we were gearing up to start mowing in early February when the weather changed. The weather has since been cool and be early season growth of the lines has significantly slowed. We are getting back into our mowing routine and hopefully we can get some improving, drier weather to help facilitate this.
Much of our focus this winter has been pruning and preparing our shrub beds for the season. Our most intensive work in the shrub beds is during the winter. Some ask us if there's anything to do in the landscape during the winter and this surprises us as we are very active and believe some of the most important work that we do is during January and February. Many plants, especially deciduous ones, our best to prune during the dormant season. For us, all plants are touched up or in tensely pruned this time of year to get prepared for the coming season. Our pruning during the spring and summer is normally just to maintain height control as the best time to structurally correct prune plants is during the dormant season. 
Following a messy fall leaf drop season, we also spent much time in cleaning up and removing all of the leaves and other organic debris in the shrub beds. Unfortunately, some trees including most oaks, still have yet to drop all of their leaves so this work will continue into the early spring. Part of this work is to just keep sites looking cosmetically clean, but it is also to prepare shrub beds for pre-emergent weed control application and rebark-dusting.
Due to the mild winter, most pansy plantings are doing quite well. Some of the credit of this is due to the mild weather in January, but our ongoing winter maintenance program helps ensure regardless of whether that your pansies are healthy through the winter and into the spring.
We promote and upon approval perform moss control during the winter on most lawns we maintain. Moss is very aggressive due to our dark, wet winters. How remark amended program is treating wants in the winter, which we just are wrapping up, followed by again in the early spring, which will begin in April.
Speaking of bark dust, we highly recommend rebark-dusting sites every other year. Bark dust decomposes and its water saving and weed control properties quickly fade after that. Bark is a great moisture control and weed control agent, and makes your property look dramatically better when maintain on an every other year basis.
As wet as it is outside now, irrigation season is only a month or two away. We have been busy for the last month and will continue through April to get our system serviced and ready for the irrigation season. We have started irrigating as early as April 1, but normally irrigation season starts sometime in May. If you see the sprinklers on in the next month, it is likely because our staff is on site tuning up your system for the season.  
With the nicer weather recently, some overwintering broadleaf weeds, specifically dandelions, have begun to bloom. Our program for broadleaf control starts as weather improves next month. If you see bloomers, know that they are about to be treated if not have been already.
Winter has been busy and spring will be busier. We're excited for the weather to improve as well as the plants to return to life and all the work that we've done this past winter to shine with beautiful landscapes the spring and summer
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