Landscaping Tips for Spring. Trees & Shrubs

Spring (March-May)
Trees and Shrubs:

-Prune trees and shrubs as necessary. Shape as desired and thin out, clear the underbrush by clearing out dead or damaged branches. Especially any branches infected with fungus or pests.

-Fertilize trees and shrubs as needed. Adding iron in the Inter-Mountain West is important.

-Apply new mulch around Trees and Shrubs. Available at most plant and landscape supply businesses or from your local sewer district.

-Pruning rose bushes is a must to ensure a healthy plant which will yield beautiful roses for spring and summer.

-Inspect early for diseases and insects. Spring is the time of year when when these things begin to become active. You may need to enlist the help of an expert. Treat immediately after inspection and diagnosis.
-For more help with trees and plants contact the Utah StateĀ  Extention Service.

Sprinkler and Landscaping Utah Tips for Spring

-Before turning on your main line valve make sure you have activated a station on your timer. This will protect your sprinkler valves from water-hammer, which can crack plastic valves and pvc lines. We’ve already fixed a few this spring.

-After your system is charged proceed through all of your zones on your timer. Inspect each zone as it is operating — Low pressure is an indication of a plugged irrigation filter, flow control turned down on the zone valve or a leak in a lateral line. Check the area of the zone for excessive water flowing on the ground.

-Set your timer to water early in the morning. 2 or 3 A.M. will do just fine. With your sprinklers in Utah deep watering with a few days in between is best to train your lawn, deepen its roots, and ensure a healthy landscape. Rotors should water about an hour, spray heads about 35 minutes and drip lines should be set for 90 minutes.

-If you need help with any issues you’re having with your sprinkler system and landscaping in Utah please contact us at 801-756-2112. We look forward to serving you!

Hiring a Contractor

Selecting the right contractor for your sprinkler or landscaping project is imperative. Their experience, expertise, price and service are all important factors in choosing with whom you will work. First, solicit estimates from at least three companies which you deem reputable by their longevity in the business and their level of knowledge and skill as it pertains to your project. Next, ask for several referrals of completed projects in your area and discuss the contractor’s quality of work, dependability and service with their customers prior to making your selection. Then, check with your state department of occupational and professional licensing to ensure the contractor you select is licensed and insured. They should be free of complaints and actions by the state. Also, ask for public liability and workers compensation insurance certificates to avoid paying for a costly mistake or accident caused by the contractor. Don’t pay a large amount before the job commences. Pay only as you see the value of the work completed. Lastly, provide lien waivers to your contractors and have them signed by his suppliers before you make your final installment. This will keep you from paying for your materials twice. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be sure to have a great experience!