Consumer Watch: Making your yard greener

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's Derby season around Kentuckiana, but it's known as spring for the rest of the country. It looks like Mother Nature is finally starting to cooperate, so here are some tips to get you caught up after a long, cold winter.

To get the outside of your home ready for the warmer weather, start by inspecting for damage to trees and bushes, even patches of the lawn left by heavy winter snow.

Josh Kane of Planet, the National Landscape Industry Association, said the next thing to do is to get ahead of weeds.

"The best thing to do is get down that weed control now because with the temperatures blooming, the forsythias are blooming, and that's the time when the weeds start to germinate," Kane said.

Mulch helps plants retain moisture and will keep roots cool in the summer.

"You don't want to pile the mulch on the trees, just around them to help retain moisture and a little bit of weed suppression," Kane said. "The goal is a nice, thin layer: Usually only an inch to two thick and just trying to speed it evenly and nicely to give a fresh look to the yard."

Make sure plant beds are free of leaves and other debris. Also, prune branches on perennials like rosebushes and get new plants in good soil.

"Once you take it out of the pot, you want to spread the roots out a little bit so it lets the roots grow quickly and not stay in that same sort of pot shape that they tend to be as you can see there."

It's also a good time to tune up irrigation systems and outdoor lighting ahead of the warmer months.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

 

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