Spring is in the air and you’re ready to start getting out side. Below is a handy guide to help you nurture your yard and get it ready for summer fun.
Do a spring clean up
Pick up twigs, and branches and rake leaves and debris from your garden and flower beds. Consider composting the organic debris to later use as a rich soil amendment to boost nutrition for your plants and shrubs.
Once you’ve done a spring clean up, it will be easier to spot spring weeds in your beds and lawn. Whenever possible, pull these young weeds by the roots to prevent re-growth and spreading. Daffodil and forsythia blooms are a good indicator that soil temps are right for lawn fertilization and pre-emergent weed control.
Seed your lawn
Spring is one of the best times to overseed. Moisture conditions are reliable and warm soil and cool air encourage germination and growth. Be aware though – pre-emergent weed control will create a barrier to germination! Do one or the other – not both!
Dividing rejuvenates overgrown plants by allowing more space for roots, simultaneously giving you more (free!) plants to fill in bare spots in your garden! Division works best on perennials that grow in groups where each plant has its own roots and leaves. Here’s how.
Cut back ornamental grasses
If you didn’t cutback your grasses in the fall, now is the time to cut them back, before new growth begins. This can be a messy job – try this method to minimize the mess. Grasses can also be divided now.
Freshly mulched beds pack a powerful visual punch! More importantly, mulch conserves the moisture in the soil and discourages the growth of weeds. And it adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down!
A simple power washing will make all your outdoor surfaces look new again by removing stubborn mildew, algea, and dirt build up from decking, hardscapes, fencing, siding, and outdoor furniture.
Level uneven hardscaping
This fix is just as much about safety as it is about appearance. Eliminate tripping hazards by lifting uneven pavers, adding and compacting more base material, and re-setting the paver in place. Finish it off by filling joints with a polymeric binding sand.
Tend to your outdoor lighting:
If necessary, straighten fixtures and re-direct beams on your landscape lights. Unfortunately, lighting doesn’t follow the growth of our plants and trees – it’s up to you to make sure they are still highlighting your landscape properly, whether it’s for safety or visual impact.
The sky is the limit with container plantings! Adorn your porch, deck, or patio, or fill empty spots in your landscape beds. From full sun to full shade and anything in between, the only limit is your imagination. Try it for vegetables too!
Add a focal point
Something as simple as a wind spinner or small garden statue can add a touch of whimsy and color to your landscape. Encourage feathered friends to visit by adding a bird house, bird feeder, or bird bath (or all of the above) to your garden!