SPRING HAS SPRUNG AND WE ARE BUSY !
It's been a long, variable winter with a very wet January and relatively dry February. March is sizing up to be wet, which is normal, but spring is here and we are quite busy. Mowing has come earlier than normal and we are trying to keep on track with our pruning and shrub bed care.
REJUVENATION PRUNING CONTINUES
As we have been discussing all winter, there are likely some shrubs in your landscape that naturally grow larger than the location they are planted allows. Keeping them pruned to the appropriate height is necessary because many shrubs get out of hand and too big over time. To correct this, we recommend rejuvenation pruning to bring them back into size. This can sometimes be achieved by thinning pruning, but other times they need to be cut down to the ground and allowed to regrow at a shorter height and more naturally. The problem is that when we make the cutback, it looks like we killed the plants. However, they almost always grow back and look much better by the end of the season.
LATE SEASON LEAF DROP

Through the winter, we spend a lot of 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 continues into the early spring.  Part of this work is to keep sites looking cosmetically clean, but it also is to prepare shrub beds for pre-emergent weed control application and re-barkdusting.
SPRING MOSS CONTROL
We promote, and upon approval, perform moss control during the winter on most lawns we maintain. Moss is very aggressive due to our dark and wet winters.  Our moss control program consists of treating once in the winter, which we just are wrapping up, followed by again in the early spring, which will begin in April.
SHRUB BED RE-BARKDUSTING
We highly recommend re-barkdusting sites every other year. Bark dust decomposes and it's water saving and weed control properties quickly fade after that. Bark is a great moisture control and weed control agent, and makes your project look dramatically better when it is maintained on an every other year basis.
SEASONAL COLOR MAINTENANCE
Most pansy plantings are doing quite well. Some of the credit of this is due to the mild weather this winter.  However, our ongoing winter maintenance program helps ensure beautiful pansies regardless of weather; your pansies are healthy through the winter and into the spring.
IRRIGATION SYSTEM ACTIVATION SERVICE
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 systems serviced and ready for the irrigation season.  In the past, we have started irrigating as early as April 1, but normally irrigation season start 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.  
SPRING WILL BE HERE SOON AND WE ARE GETTING YOUR LANDSCAPE READY
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 within beautiful landscapes during the spring and summer.
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