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Here are some common issues and solutions regarding landscape care and maintenance in our Central Wisconsin climate:

Spring

APRIL

  • Stop crabgrass before it starts with a crabgrass preventer. We suggest a mid-April to early-May application.
  • Kill insects before they hatch with a dormant oil spray. It is recommended to spray when the temperature is above 40°F and before the buds have a chance to swell (late spring).
  • Stop birch leaf minor with a chemical application. The trees absorb the herbicide through the roots to kill the insects when they attack the new leaves.
  • Apply Fertilome Lawn Food Plus Iron to your lawn to give it a fast start.
  • Remove dead foliage from herbacious perennials. This will give needed oxygen, light, and nutrients.

MAY

  • Identify insect and disease problems and treat with the proper pesticide.
  • Apply insecticide spray to fruit trees, following label instructions.
  • Use root stimulator when planting trees and shrubs. This encourages a strong root system and reduces transplant shock.
  • When seeding your lawn, be sure to use new lawn starter fertilizer.
  • Use slow release complete fertilizer (Osmocote) on your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Water as you fertilize to develop healthy plants.
  • Use Fertilome Weed Out with Trimec to help control dandelions and other broadleaf weeds in your lawn.
  • Upgrade shredded bark as needed (approx. 1-2" top coat).

JUNE

  • This is an important time to fertilize your lawn with Fertilome Slow Release Nitrogen. This helps to replace nutrients that are used up in the early spring.
  • Continue to monitor for insects and disease. Bring in samples or call for helpful recommendations.
  • Remove spent flower heads on spring blooming bulbs and other early bloomers.
  • Keep your lawn mowed at a 2 1/2" - 3" minimum height. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at one time.
  • Introduce pockets of annuals in high impact areas for seasonal color and array.

Summer

JULY

  • Shot spray invasive annual lawn weeds such as crabgrass, nutgrass, etc. with appropriate herbicide.
  • Watch plants for disease and insects. Use Triple Action to control chewing and sucking insects and diseases on trees, shrubs, roses, and flowers.
  • Supplement rainfall to guarantee 1" of water per week.
  • Remove weeds from planting beds.
  • Remove spent blooms from plants as needed.
  • Fertilize established lawns with Fertilome Slow Release Fertilizer except in times of drought.

AUGUST

  • See new grass and spot seed in late August through mid-September. Use new lawn starter fertilzer to build strong root systems. Keep soil moist for the new seedlings.
  • Control broadleaf weeds such as dandelions, clover, and creeping charlie with Trimec, following instructions.
  • Supplement rainfall to guarantee 1" of water per week.
  • Continue weeding and deadheading in landscape beds.

Fall

SEPTEMBER

  • Continue to seed or sod new lawns. Don't forget the new lawn starter fertilizer.
  • Start dividing herbaceous perennials as needed or desired.
  • Prepare areas in planting beds for late October bulb planting.

OCTOBER

  • Plant fall bulbs using bone meal or bulb food to help establish root systems and give plants necessary food for spring blooms.
  • Feed trees and shrubs after leaf drop with a complete slow release fertilizer or composted manure for strong vibrant plants in spring.
  • Apply lawn winterizer after the final mowing. This is the most important feeding of the year.
  • Rake and compost leaves.
  • Winterize ponds and irrigation systems.