"Bridge Landscaping performed a beautiful job landscaping the front and sides of our older home. They pulled the old, overgrown yews from across the front of the house and replaced everything with lovely Japanese Maples, boxwoods, azaleas and hydrangeas. The area was edged very neatly with stone. Throughout the process, Scott Bridge and his crew were prompt, very professional, and the yard was kept tidy at the end of each day. We highly recommend Bridge Landscaping to give your lawn a new look."

~ Sheryl Zachman, Secretary,
Maintenance and Food Services




Bridge Landscaping will make your lawn more functional and attractive for years to come. However, we highly encourage that you utilize the following gardening tips and advice to ensure that your investment lasts. We can perform any of the services that we advise below to save you the time and trouble of having to do so yourself. We are also happy to help with any questions or issues you may have, just give us a call at 765-860-9239. The most important tip we can give: Enjoy your lawn during every season!

Seasonal Tips
Winter

  • Prune evergreens and holly. Make sure to keep the cuttings for inexpensive holiday decorations!
  • On a warm day, check your plants’ soil moisture to determine if they need supplemental watering.
  • Turn off outside water faucets to prevent winter freezing.
  • Make sure to prune any woody shrubs and trees often.
  • Prune shrub roses.
  • Cut back most of your plants to approximately 15 – 18 inches from the ground.
  • Get ahead of the game and start planning for summer and spring now.
  • Prepare lawn areas for spring seeding now.
  • Tune-up your lawn mower and make sure that the blades are freshly sharpened.
  • Once the soil temperature reaches 40 degrees, fertilize any woody shrubs and trees.
  • Perform necessary clean up of any landscape debris that accumulated over the winter.

 

Spring

  • Install new perennials.
  • Apply a slow-release fertilizer to any perennial planting areas.
  • Prune and divide any existing perennials.
  • Prune any spring-flowering plants, shrubs, and trees.
  • Spray any weeds.
  • Allow bulb foliage to yellow and then cut it back.

 

Summer

  • Cut back spent perennials by 1/3 to encourage re-blooming.
  • Order fall bulbs now.
  • Start planning for new colorful plants.

 

Fall

  • Monitor soil moisture levels.
  • Complete fall lawn seeding projects early.
  • Plant new bulbs.
  • Cut back perennials.
  • Dress perennials with leaf compost.
  • Clean up landscape debris from planting areas.
  • Drain and store hoses for the winter.
  • Start planning for your new vegetable garden.
  • If it has been a dry fall, water trees to prepare them for winter.
  • At the end of the fall, cut the lawn to 1 ½ inches to reduce the chance of snow molding and matting.

 

Year-Round Tips

  • Mowing – For a thicker, more luxurious-looking lawn, a lawn height of 2 ½ - 3 inches is recommended throughout the year. This will help to prevent weeds and retain moisture. Mow often and try to avoid moving in extreme weather conditions to ensure that your lawn is more beautiful and more resistant to diseases, insects, and weeds. Make sure to sharpen your blades throughout the year to ensure cleaner lawn cutting.
  • Watering – Closely monitor the soil’s moisture to determine when watering is needed. Do not water the soil if it feels moist. Over-watering will cause the plant’s health to deteriorate over time. Not only will your plant be weakened and susceptible to pests and diseases due to over-watering, but it could even die of oxygen deprivation. Water your plants deeply and slowly, rather than watering them shallow and often. Make sure to place the hose at the base of the plant, use a heavy trickle, and move the hose to a few locations around the plant. Only water small plants for five to 10 minutes and slightly longer for larger plants.
  • Lawn Fertilization – Be sure to closely follow the instructions on the lawn fertilizer label.
  • Pests – Proper watering and moving will keep your plants and lawn strong and resistant to insects. Make sure to closely monitor your plants’ progress to detect symptoms of disease and insects early on, in order to prevent any serious problems in the future.

The most common and annoying insects are the Japanese beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. They will feast on the roots of your lawn, the bark of your trees, and on any and all parts of your plants. Common bug sprays and devices will only make the problem worse. It is essential that you check your trees and plants often to detect the problem before it gets out of hand. If your plants have been infested, we can help. For more information on these pesky pests, take a look at our Helpful Links.

  • Pruning – Removing spent or dying branches and shrubs is recommended, but it is important that pruning is minimized for good plant health.

 

Helpful Links

www.purdue.edu/
For information on Horticulture related studies.

illinois.edu/
For information on Horticulture related studies.

www.osu.edu/
For information on Horticulture related studies.

http://orb.at.ufl.edu/TREES/index.html
For information on tree selection.

http://plantinfo.umn.edu/
For information on nurseries and plants in your area.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/conhort.html
Provides information and resources for Indiana gardeners, including helpful gardening tips; It also recommends gardens to visit in Indiana.

TreeCareTips.org
Provides information about caring for your trees and landscape.

http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/publicat.htm
Provides current lawn publications.

http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/publicat.htm
Information on emerald ash borers.


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