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Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

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Florida winter is over, which means it's time to start thinking about spring home improvements. Winter weather can leave your grass, shrubs and trees weak and hungry. Especially months after lying dormant, because of cold temperatures. Here are some simple tips from your TLL team to get your yard looking healthy for that spring time bloom.
1. Let TLL Clean:
The first step it to prep your lawn by cleaning up leaves, twigs, and other debris that have gathered over the last few months. Rakes work, but air blowers are even easier.
2. Let TLL apply fertilizer and weed killer:
Early in Spring, use a combination of fertilizer, which feeds your grass, and pre- emergent, an herbicide used to prevent crabgrass. Then, six to eight weeks later, apply both products again, along with a broad leaf weed killer.
3 Let TLL Mow your Grass Often:
One of the big mistakes homeowners make is only mowing once a week in the Spring. If you let the grass grow too high and then cut it, it stunts the roots so they can't reproduce properly. Instead, mow every five days for the first six weeks of Spring, depending on the weather, to ensure thicker, fuller lawn.
4. Pick a good, heavy mulch:
Once your lawn is cared for, edge the beds, trim dead branches on shrubs and replace the mulch. We suggest hardwood bark mulch over ground wood chips.
5. Let TLL trim the trees:
If dead branches fall, they can cause property damage and potential injury. Do what is called a "safety prune" to ensure there is no damage.
6. Don't seed until fall:
It's tempting to fill brown patches with grass seed, but if you are also applying pre- emergent or weed killer, the seeds won't germinate. Instead, fertilize the lawn, and in a few weeks shoots will grow and fill brown spots. If the brown patches are too big, or you just can't wait, sod is the better option.

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