Spring Services

Spring Clean Up

There is no more a readily accepted time of renewal and rejuvenation in the hearts of plants and animals than in the spring clean up months of March, April, and May. The change in the weather and increased sunshine brings most of us out from under the blankets and snow!

The following services in our spring clean up should be done for every thriving landscape every spring!

Spring Clean Ups

The most imperative service any property owner should engage professionally is the spring cleanup and granular fertilizer! At Green Prairie, our Spring Cleanup includes;
-a rigorous power brooming of the sand and debris from the lawn, driveway, and boulevards,
-a thorough dethatching of the lawn areas, hand raking of the thatch to tarps for removal,
-a blowing or vacuuming of the flower beds to expose the soil for water absorption,
-the hauling away of all compostable debris from the property, NO BAGS LEFT BEHIND!

Spring Granular Fertilizer

Green Prairie customers have seen the amazing effects of ordering a granular fertilizer with their Spring Clean Up. Following the dethatching of the lawn, a broadcast granular fertilizer is applied to the lawn. It is digested by plants and lawns slowly and consistently with watering/rain and has the advantage of feeding the lawn over a longer period. We recommend a top-dressing at the roots of plants to increase plant growth and production as well and can be included by speaking with us.

Some fertilizer basics, Fertilizers contain 3 main ingredients numbered on the package with a remainder of trace elements included as well:

N- Nitrogen is essential in spring for “greening” up the lawn quickly.
P-Phosphorus is useful in the development of strong root systems. Most Fertilizer bags no longer include this ingredient. Phosphate free fertilizers are now very common.
K-Potassium (Potash) helps increase lawn and plant photosynthesis, root development, and a resistance to disease.

De-Thatching Your Lawn

Spring is the time to rake the grass and de-thatch your lawn in Winnipeg.

 

De-Thatching: There are many benefits to thatching your lawn. Manitoba clay-based soil compacts and restricts root growth for lawns, plants and trees. Compacted soil prohibits rain/water, oxygen, vital nutrient, and sunlight absorption while increasing rain runoff and ideal conditions for “weeds” or unwanted more resilient plant growth.

 

Aeration is the act of loosening or opening the soil. Industrial aerators use the removal of “plugs” to create holes in the earth and leave the earth on the surface of the lawn, allowing nutrients to be reabsorbed with the help of irrigation or rainfall. Aeration can be alternatively performed by any action that creates holes or a loosening of the ground.  Aeration is best done in the spring or fall seasons, and incorporating biological program of top dressing new fertile soil in the spring and or fall ensures a healthy green landscape.

Aeration

Aeration is the act of loosening or opening the soil. Industrial aerators use the removal of “plugs” to create holes in the earth and leave the earth on the surface of the lawn, allowing nutrients to be reabsorbed with the help of irrigation or rainfall.  Best done in the spring or fall seasons!

Winnipeg spring clean up

Top Dressing

Top Dressing is the act of spreading 4 way or 3 way (omits manure) rich soil over an existing lawn. This allows the nutrients in the soil to feed a starving lawn which is limited by our clay. Manitoba clay-based soil compacts and restricts root growth for lawns, plants and trees. Compacted soil prohibits rain/water, oxygen, vital nutrients, and sunlight absorption while increasing rain runoff.

These are ideal conditions for “weeds” or unwanted more resilient plant growth. While incorporating a biological program of top dressing new fertile soil in the spring and or fall ensures a healthy green landscape it can also be used to level out the landscape for practicing those short putts on the greens!

Spring clean up