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For those selling a home, or moving to a new house where the backyard may need a quick groom, below is a check list of tips to spruce up and enjoy your outdoor space throughout the year.
Backyard Grooming Tips
The robins are starting to gather on lawns and leaf buds are peaking from the branches of trees. Yes, the signs of spring are showing. These lengthening days of sunshine give you the time to get your yard in order. Maybe, you’ll want to take on a project, such as adding a grilling area, putting in some stepping stones, or breaking out that fire pit you’ve been dreaming of. But whatever you do, this time of year is when you’ll need to do some basic maintenance to get your yard looking just right for the cookouts and gatherings ahead.
The first step is to prepare your yard for the period of growth that lies ahead. Some of the basic maintenance you’ll want to perform includes tasks like:
- Aerating: To encourage grass growth in the spring you’ll want to aerate, which involves poking holes in the soil to allow air and water to reach grass roots.
- Raking: Gathered leaves left from the fall can cause mold and lawn pests as well as preventing sunlight from reaching your grass.
- Pruning: Some trees and bushes need pruning to stimulate new growth. Check the plants you have and when the best times to prune are for the species you have planted.
- Mulching: Spring is a great time to replace the mulch in your flower beds and garden areas. Mulch helps soil maintain moisture, prevents weed growth, and protect plants from severe shifts in weather.
- Weeding: Now is the time to take care of weeds by applying weed killers or by removing pesky weeds by hand.
- Amending: Soil in garden beds may need amendments such as compost or other organic materials.
- Watering: spring requires less watering than you probably think. Unless you have newly seeded or sodded lawns, you should think in terms of applying about ¾ of an inch of water to your lawn twice a week until temperatures rise significantly.
- Seeding: If you have bare patches in your yard, spring is the time to apply seed.
- Mowing: Experts recommend maintaining longer grass to keep roots healthy. Consider mowing your grass to a height of 3-4 inches.
Once you have taken on these basic maintenance tasks, you can start thinking about what new plants you want to put in. For lower maintenance look for hardy perennials or consider planting in pots, which has the added benefit of being able to rearrange your plants depending on the occasion. You can also consider larger maintenance such as cleaning and restraining your deck or checking your fence for needed repairs. Getting your yard in good order now will make routine maintenance easier over the rest of the season and will leave you more time to enjoy gatherings with family and friends.
– Written by Ivan Young