Silverbrook Nursery and Landscaping

8408 Monacan Road
Lorton, VA 22079
(703) 690–1231

Seasonal Tips

Spring

  • Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer. (This is optional if you fertilized in the fall or winter)
  • Aerate the lawn to treat compacted soil
  • Mulch with organic matter, if necessary
  • Sharpen your mower blades at the start of the season

Summer

  • Learn the signs of bug infestation, and head them off before they get settled in
  • Water your lawn weekly if rain is scarce or your soil is poor. Otherwise, water only when rainfall is delayed more than 10 days
  • Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them
  • Sharpen your mower blade again halfway through the season

Autumn

  • Water trees and shrubs thoroughly mulched before the first frost
  • But don’t over water! Plants and shrubs should be expected to look a little brown in September and October
  • Mulch with organic material, or mow a layer of fallen leaves into the lawn
  • Fertilize your lawn around Thanksgiving to promote strong root growth during winter
  • Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter to prevent its matting under snow

Winter

  • Put burlap windscreens around less hardy plants if they’re in exposed areas
  • Use a broom to brush snow away from evergreen trees gently, to keep the weight from breaking the limbs
  • If ice or snow does break tree limbs, have the limbs removed as soon as weather permits – damaged trees are prone to disease
  • Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you’re shoveling snow
  • Avoid walking on frosted or snow-covered lawns
  • Use only non-salt de-ices for sidewalks and driveways, so the runoff doesn’t harm plants
  • Salt will damage grass, perennials, and shrubs, and will keep the plants from absorbing much-needed water
  • Check any perennial plants during periods of thawing soil to see if roots popping out of the ground. If they have, gently push them back into place, and add mulch