A few spring and early summer images from our yard and meadow (wildflowers and native warm season grasses) projects.
Spring Residential Field Crew, Lisa, Sarah, and Caitlyn
We have had 8 straight days of shallow soil temps. in the low 50 degree F range, so the season for cool season grass germination and growth is certainly upon us. Snow this weekend and several days of cool temps. will slow down growth but provide more needed soil moisture.
Folks, we are in a drought. Scan the Virginia Drought Monitoring Report for February. Increasing soil organic matter through compost/compost blend topdressing is the best way to fortify plant health to continued dry conditions. If the drought continues, it may be too dry to overseed this spring, but especially if your soil has low organic matter, at least topdressing with aeration will help what plants you do have survive the coming summer and will help fall plant roots to grow next winter. If you have low organic matter and you do nothing else, for your water supply and the supply of your neighbors, increase your soil organic matter through topdressing. And if you need help, call us – we’re the only Central Virginia Enterprise specializing in compost topdressing.
Question from client: How many times a year to aerate? Well, it depends.
SoilKeepers Manager Michael Collins spoke at the 23rd Ecological Landscape Alliance Conference in Amherst, Mass on Restoring Our Environmental Commons through Commercial Landscaping. ELA is a great group of folks focused on the practice of ecological landscaping. SoilKeepers has joined their efforts as a proud Member for 2017.
Also staff is now preparing plans for SK clients for this year.
The months fly by!
First, soil temperatures are heating up as are air temperature all over the country. This is a chart of Central Virginia soil information for Monday, February 20 (note the highlighted reading):
This roughly 10 degree C reading at 4″ below ground equals the weed growing temp. for crabgrass. Since it looks like the heat will continue for the rest of the week, now is the time to apply organic broadleaf weed control. Call us at 540-672-2542 to schedule an estimate.
Also, many of our older clients are now in their 3rd year of soil restoration and this year we’ll be switching them over to just liquid fertilization. This will dramatically lower costs because their soil after years of restoration is now healthy enough to provide most of the nitrogen the plants need.
SoilKeepers new full cards mailed to neighborhoods spanning the Fredericksburg, Culpeper, and Charlottesville region! Send Us an Email
SoilKeepers an Exhibitor at Piedmont Lansdscape Association Seminar