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Getting Your Yard Ready

Mother Nature hasn’t exactly been consistent this year, but don’t be fooled, the weather will heat up. When she does decide to heat up, you might realize that she left your yard in need of a major spring-cleaning. Here are some tips on how to begin attacking those scars Mother Nature has left on your yard and begin your outdoor projects.


Remove the debris. Yards collect debris over the winter months, including fallen leaves, dead grass, and broken tree limbs. This is where you should start when you are cleaning up your yard for the spring.  


Rake dead leaves and twigs. Sure, last year’s leaves can make for some great compost, but they still need to be cleaned up from your yard due to the fact that they keep the grass from absorbing sunlight. Thoroughly rake your yard and garden beds so that your grass can rehydrate. Make sure that you remove these piles of debris from your yard because if you don’t, they can kill the emerging grass beneath it and provide a nesting site for slugs and insect pests.


Prune and trim. Prune back those bushes and hedges as well as any perennials that look like they have overgrown during the winter months. Only trim back the limbs and branches that you can reach and leave the rest to the professionals to avoid getting injured in the process.


Set a budget. Before you start purchasing items or planting things, it’s wise to estimate project costs ahead of time. The concept that you want may not be in accord with your pocket book. By setting a budget, you will be able to decide which plants are right for your yard.


Map out landscaping and garden plans. Make a plan for what you want to change in your current landscaping. Decide what sort of trees, shrubs, or plants you’d like to add and write them down. It’s always a good idea to consult with a professional to make any final decisions or purchases.


Start planting. Check out the planting dates for the items you want to purchase to make sure they are in the right season. Any plants, trees, or shrubbery hearty enough to survive early spring’s still-cool nights can be put in the ground right now.


Personally, I prefer to do my own yard work over the course of multiple weeks instead of investing all of my efforts into one very long weekend where I am only focused on the cleaning. Whatever the case, your yard requires some spring cleaning to look its best after a period of winter dormancy.