Spring is right around the corner. Whether you want to kick back and read a book outside, host a party, or just enjoy some time with family and friends, here are some tips on how to prepare your yard for the season and make it a place to enjoy:
If you have a lawn, now is the best time of the year to restore it and treat any patches or dry areas. Aeration, seeding, and new sod are all possible options, depending on the condition of your lawn. In the early spring, grass is actively growing, the weather is still cool, and the ground is moist. These are ideal conditions to sprout new seeds and make your lawn healthier.
Pathways and patio
With winter, especially a rainy one, comes buildup of dirt, moss, algae, and leaf stains. Pressure washing can remove dirt as well as minor stains from your pathways and patios, leaving them clean and ready to show off.
Add a bit of color
Spring is all about color, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to options in the garden. Treat yourself to old favorites, or explore something new, like the wide variety of drought tolerant flowers gaining in popularity. You can stick with symmetry and long planting rows, or you can create dense plantings of the same varieties to mimic nature.
Apply mulch to your softscape
In the spring, adding a layer of mulch helps to keep the soil moist around your planting areas. Not only is mulch aesthetically pleasing, but it also provides valuable nutrients to the soil and helps control weeds.
Check your irrigation system
The rain can sometimes conceal weaknesses in your irrigation system. Make sure your lawn and planting beds are well irrigated for the spring and summer seasons. In particular, you should look out for any dry areas, puddles, and leaks in your irrigation system.
In the spring, you’ll want to fertilize your planting beds with compost to enrich the soil and promote growth. You should also consider measuring the pH of your soil with a soil test kit. You can then make any necessary adjustments with new soil or amendments based on the needs of your plants.
Fences and gates
Winter can be harsh on fences and other wood surfaces in your yard. Check for loose posts, rotted boards, or other sections that may need repair or replacement.
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