Before you know it, winter will come to a close and the cold weather gives way to the burgeoning spring season and the promise of new growth. Of course, this also signals the perfect time for a thorough spring cleaning. But spring cleaning goes beyond clearing out the attic or getting rid of last season’s old clothes. The outside of the home needs some annual care just as much as the inside; no area more so than the yard or garden.
Sure winter can wreak havoc on a yard or garden and all but ruin the beautiful landscaping that defined it before the chilly weather set in. They can sure look worn after a long winter and may even appear beyond saving. But rolling up the shirtsleeves and getting to work on yard beautification is the best way for anyone to start anew and get into the spring spirit.
Here are some suggestions for your outdoor spring cleanup project:
- Winter storms can wreak havoc on a yard in the form of fallen branches and piles of leaves. The best remedy is to clear all tree debris from the yard. Once that is done, then it’s time to get down to the business of pulling the weeds that have likely cropped up during the winter months. Once this is complete, homeowners should then plan on spending 10-15 minutes one time per week maintaining a weed-free yard.
- There’s no way around it, if you want to ensure a thriving lawn or garden, you are going to need to fertilize. That means everything: the grass, flowers, and shrubs. In fact, there are a number of different fertilizers available for a number of different purposes and a few lawn and garden types. You can choose to use chemical fertilizers or go organic.
- Think about adding mulch. Just one layer of mulch on a flower bed can bring the plants roaring back to life. Professional landscapers suggest applying four inches of mulch over the top soil, which will help retain moisture and prevent growth of those pesky weeds.
You can choose to do these projects yourself or call a local landscape company to do the work for you.