15 March, 2018
Spring is almost here! That means it’s time to start working on your garden landscaping so when warmer weather hits, your yard will be ready. Here’s what you can do (all in one weekend) to finish your spring clean up and get a lovely space you can enjoy during this beautiful season.
Do a Good Yard Clean Up
As any good gardener will tell you, yard maintenance is the most important thing to do each year. Without a good clean up, nothing else in your yard will look good. Start by raking up all the dead foliage and trash that has settled underneath your trees and bushes, under your deck, and down in your window wells. This will prevent rot from taking hold and insects and pests from nesting.
Hose down the side of your house, your fence, and all the hardscaped surfaces. You’ll be surprised how much dirt has accumulated. If needed, touch up or repaint your door and railings so they look new again. Clean your windows, repair your screens as well as stabilize any loose paving stones around your home.
Prune, Fertilize, Prevent Weeds, and Mulch
When it comes to taking care of the living parts of your garden, a little spring prep work will go a long way in giving you beautiful rewards throughout the rest of the year.
- Prune plants in late winter or early spring while they are still dormant. This allows cuts to heal with less stress and gives a boost of growth.
- Fertilize your grass and trees lightly at first (to prevent chemical overuse and runoff). If you don’t like the results, you can apply more.
- Prevent weeds that have been waiting all winter long from getting out of hand. If you’re planting a flower or vegetable bed, don’t plant right after working the soil because weed seeds will just have been turned up. Instead, let the weeds germinate and grow a bit before killing them with an herbicide.
- Mulch that is old should be stripped away and discarded. Add a new one-inch thick layer of quality mulch for a fresh look that won’t prevent roots from getting the water they need.
Plant or Pot Fresh Flowers
Perhaps the most rewarding part of having a spring garden is the look and smell of flowering blossoms that come in every shape and size and in all the colors of the rainbow. If you didn’t get a chance to plant spring-blooming bulbs in the fall, that’s okay! Picking up some potted plants at the nursery or grocery store is just as good.
A convenient way to have some visible foliage is to place outdoor planters around your patio and yard, but here are some other creative placement ideas to consider as well:
- Create a living wall
- Hang baskets from your porch ceiling and the rails
- Use window boxes
- Plant in a unique container such as a bird bath metal bucket
Replace Old and Worn Patio Furniture
Now that you’ve made your yard beautiful, it’s time to enjoy it by relaxing on some comfortable patio furniture. However, old, worn out, or uncomfortable just won’t cut it. If that’s what you’re dealing with, do yourself a favor and buy a matching set of high-quality pieces.
An ottoman set is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy your garden view. Outdoor dining sets are a great spot for gathering friends and family together for a delicious outdoor lunch. Come evening, chat beside a fire table to keep the good company around a little longer.
With longer, warmer days coming, take advantage of your space. Make your garden landscaping a priority, and you’ll enjoy the peace and joy it brings throughout every season.