Property Maintenance Schedule

JANUARY THRU FEBRUARY:

  • Prune Crape Myrtles.  Limb them up 6’ – 8’ high and use articulating pole trimmers to round the the top of the canopy so-as to create an umbrella shape.  Cut off any limbs growing into the center of the canopy because they will be choked off from light and will not develop and will draw un-necessary energy from the tree.  Also cut any limbs that cross each other because they will rub open wounds into the tree.
  • You can begin heavy pruning of all evergreen shrubs such as hollies, junipers, and boxwoods.  ** Do not prune any spring blooming shrubs such as azaleas, forsythia, camellias, or hydrangeas until after they have bloomed in the spring.

MARCH:

  • Cut perennial grasses off flush with the ground.
  • Apply Osmocote fertilizer and organic products that contain mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria and nutrients for spring start-up growth on trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  • Perform spring cleaning and start-up on water features.
  • Apply first round of pre-emergents and spring fertilizers to turf.
  • Apply 2-4-D based selective herbicides to turf to control broad leaf winter perennial weeds in turf.
  • Apply year long fire ant control product (if you are in an area containing fire ants).

APRIL:

  • Apply 2-4-D based selective herbicides to turf to control broad leaf winter perennial weeds in turf.
  • Apply organic products to turf grass for root development:  use products that contain mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria and nutrients.
  • Start-up turf and plant irrigation systems.  Inspect irrigation for leaks and proper application.
  • Refurbish pine straw and bark  mulch landscape beds.
  • DO NOT plant summer annuals yet.

MAY:

  • Change out annual beds for summer annuals (within in the first two weeks):  remove pansies, leave tulip and daffodil bulbs in place!, till compost in beds to loosen compaction and aerate, apply Osmocote fertilizer and organic products that contain mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria and nutrients, apply systemic fungicides, install summer annuals, and apply finely shredded mulch to top-dress bed.  * Once bulbs die back, then you simply cut dead foliage off flush with ground.  If the daffodil and tulip bulbs are planted in natural areas, then you fertilize them after they drop their flowers and before they die back.
  • You may selectively hand prune trees and shrubs as necessary to keep them shaped up.  * When pruning trees and woody shrubs, cut the limbs back to the next closest node.
  • It is a good idea to prune back the dead blooms on some of your blooming perennials to encourage them to re-bloom.
  • Apply Osmocote fertilizer and organic products that contain mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria and nutrients for continuing development of trees, shrubs, and perennials.
  • Apply second round of pre-emergents and spring fertilizers to turf.
  • Apply selective grassy weed herbicides to turf to remove developing summer perennial weeds in turf. * * Warning:  Do not apply to turf when temperature will exceed 80 degrees F within three days (unless approved on label)
  • Apply 2-4-D based selective herbicides to control broad leaf winter perennial weeds in turf.  * * Warning:  Do not apply to turf when temperature will exceed 80 degrees F within three days (unless approved on label)

JUNE:

  • You may selectively hand prune trees and shrubs as necessary to keep them shaped up.  * When pruning trees and woody shrubs, cut the limbs back to the next closest node.
  • Apply selective herbicides to broad leaf and grassy summer annuals in turf.  **  Please use sparingly and only in early morning hours and only if it is approved for hot weather use.
  • Adjust turf irrigation frequency to keep turf lightly moist.  * Only water turf in early mornings.
  • Adjust drip irrigation for plants to keep the root balls barely moist at end of frequency.  *  You do not want them to stay wet, but you do not want them to get bone dry.
  • Start treating trees and shrubs for summer pests (ie. Catapillars, Japanese Beetles, etc.)
  • Apply fungicides to turf grass to deter brown patch, pithium, and other diseases.
  • Inspect plants for fungal diseases and treat as necessary.

JULY:

  • You may selectively hand prune trees and shrubs as necessary to keep them shaped up.   * When pruning trees and woody shrubs, cut the limbs back to the next closest node.
  • Apply selective herbicides to broad leaf and grassy summer annuals in turf.  **  Please use sparingly and only in early morning hours and only if it is approved for hot weather use.
  • Adjust turf irrigation frequency to keep turf lightly moist.  * Only water in early mornings.
  • Adjust drip irrigation for plants to keep the root balls barely moist at end of frequency.  *  You do not want them to stay wet, but you do not want them to get bone dry.
  • Treat trees and shrubs for summer pests (ie. Catapillars, Japanese Beetles, etc.)
  • Apply grub treatment to turf grass.
  • Apply fungicides to turf grass to deter brown patch, pithium, and other diseases.
  • Inspect plants for fungal diseases and treat as necessary.
  • Take soil tests.

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER:

  • You may selectively hand prune trees and shrubs as necessary to keep them shaped up.   * When pruning trees and woody shrubs, cut the limbs back to the next closest node.
  • Apply selective herbicides to broad leaf and grassy summer annuals in turf.  **  Please use sparingly and only in early morning hours and only if it is approved for hot weather use.
  • Adjust turf irrigation frequency to keep turf lightly moist.  * Only water turf in early mornings.
  • Adjust drip irrigation for plants to keep the root balls barely moist at end of frequency.  *  You do not want them to stay wet, but you do not want them to get bone dry.
  • Treat trees and shrubs for summer pests (ie. Catapillars, Japanese Beetles, etc.)
  • Apply fungicides to turf grass to deter brown patch, pithium, and other diseases.
  • Inspect plants for fungal diseases and treat as necessary.

OCTOBER:

  • Change out annual beds for winter annuals (within in the first two weeks):  remove summer annuals, till compost in beds to loosen compaction and aerate, install tulip and daffodil bulbs if you do not have any, apply Osmocote fertilizer and organic products that contain mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria and nutrients, install pansies, and apply finely shredded mulch to top-dress bed.
  • Make sure ground in turf areas is moist from rain or increase the turf irrigation for a few days to make the ground soft.  Heavily aerate the turf (minimum of three passes).
  • Over-seed turf with a quality blend of fescue grass seed for fescue yards or you can use Double Eagle Perennial Rye or annual rye if you have a Bermuda grass yard and want some winter green color.
  • Apply lime, fertilizer, and other nutrients to turf as denoted on your soil test report.
  • You may selectively hand prune trees and shrubs as necessary to keep them shaped up.  * When pruning trees and woody shrubs, cut the limbs back to the next closest node.
  • Adjust turf irrigation frequency to keep ground lightly moist.  * Do not let the ground dry out because it will hinder seed germination.  You may need to water in the middle of day to keep the soil moist.
  • Adjust drip irrigation for plants to keep the root balls barely moist at end of frequency.  *  You will probably need to dial it down at this point.  You do not want them to stay wet, but you do not want them to get bone dry.

NOVEMBER:

  • Begin leaf clean-up.  You can either bag up leaves and remove them or blow them into natural areas.  You can also blow leaves into landscape beds if you use pine straw as your bed mulch.  You can pine straw over the leaves once they are done falling.
  • Turn-off and winterize irrigation systems & winterize concrete fountains.

DECEMBER:

  • Finish leaf clean-up.
  • Refurbish pine straw landscape beds.
  • Apply winter fertilizer for turf grass.