This month is the best time to prune back roses to just sticks, cutting them back at the base of the branch for each cut leaving 12-36″ of rose branches to start growing in February and March. Olive tree spraying should be scheduled in January as well so that you don’t get olives dropping onto the ground. Turf fertilizer is important to have a good nitrogen base in order to work when temperatures get below 60 degrees at night. Also a high phosphate is important in the winter also. Keep plants protected from frost by covering them at night when temps are below 32 degrees. Also many fruit trees are bearing fruit and it is a great time to plant a citrus tree in January.
This month is a great time to get started with weed control so that you don’t get weeds when the temperatures rise in March. This is an extra service that you can contact us directly to find out cost and schedule the service. Also February is a great time to start cutting back frost damage if you have not already in preparation for the new growth in the spring time.
Many good things start in March; new planting is a great time with the warmer temperatures. Aeration of turf areas can be started this month to loosen up the soil in order for the ground to breathe and absorb water more efficiently. Turf fertilizer to start up the summer grass to grow since it has been dormant for the cooler months.
Turf fertilizer is great in July to keep up the green and water a little less to save you some money. Still watching out for heat stress on non-native plants and trees. Also the second round of weed control is best in July to keep the weeds out of the picture for the next 6 months.
Request your winter lawn from your landscape professional, preparing for the October service is key since it is the busiest time of the year for us and getting it scheduled early is key. With heavy humidity you can decrease water schedules as long as the dew point is still close or above 50. Mesquite trees can sometime be pruned again this month even if they were trimmed in June because of the new growth. Keep an eye on heat stressed plants since we have some of the highest lows of the year in August.
Finally it is just starting to cool down, mid to late September is a great time to stop watering turf in preparation for winter rye. This helps the Bermuda go dormant right before the scalping takes place so that is doesn’t grow back with the rye seed. Trimming all plants for the fall is good to keep the plant material shaped well throughout the cooler months.