Spring is around the corner, and as expected, most homeowners are getting ready for the popular spring cleaning. While it is perfectly fine to want to give our house a well-deserved makeover, we often neglect another very important part of the house. Spring cleaning is for cleaning everything inside your house (Here are some tips on pre-spring cleaning on a snowy day), but while at it, pay some attention to your lawn and garden.
Quick tips for cleaning your yard for spring
Start with the obvious stuff
Winter leaves snow everywhere that often covers dirt and debris. However, when all the snow is gone, your yard floor will be laid bare. Hence, go around and pick up litter all-around your house. For example, winter leaves behind fallen trees, broken glasses, and debris on the lawn. Unfortunately, melted snow prevents the growth of healthy grasses. Therefore, put on your gloves and go around to pick whatever is out of place.
Use your rake
While it is advisable to rake your lawn before winter to avoid snow, you shouldn’t stop at that. Instead, rake your lawn again when the snow melts to remove twigs, pinecones, and dead leaves. Small debris like leaves, dead grasses, and small sticks will be useful in a compost pile. However, you can always take them for recycling if you want. Cleaning small debris with your rake makes landscaping projects easy.
Prune and trim the trees
Before trimming trees, check mature trees for broken limbs and damages. Since snow is heavy, it often breaks old trees, at least some part of it. This is why you should examine mature trees as part of your spring cleaning routine. If there are any, remove the broken and dead limbs.
After checking for broken and damaged trees, prune and trim old bushes and plants that are still standing. While you are trimming, don’t remove health branches, but only remove the diseased and damaged ones.
Remove aggressive weeds
Remove weeds very early into spring to avoid complications when the summer daylight begins. This is because weeds grow stronger roots that are more difficult to remove during spring; hence the need to deal with them. You can use a pre-emergent traditional or organic herbicide consistently before the weeds germinate to kill them.
Plant new mulch after removing old ones
Remove old mulch before planting new flowers and plants. However, don’t be too hasty with this process. The reason is that native bees, soldier beetles, hummingbird clearwing moths, and other pollinators and insects depend on the mulch for survival. Wait until the soil is warm before mulching. After planting, replace mulch to freshen your landscape.
Improve your lawn
Your lawn should be green and lush during the warmer season. Hence, wait until the grass is almost 5 inches tall before mowing. Start by trimming the lawn instead of over-cutting it to prevent damages and help it withstand warm weather.
Bring out the furniture and replace lawn decoration
Take out your furniture from storage and find a good placement for them in your yard. Not just this, add lawn decoration. However, clean the furniture and covers before setting them on your lawn.
Are you also guilty of focusing on the inside and neglecting the outside during spring cleaning? Well, who’s judging. Use some of the tips above to prepare your lawn for the spring. Plus, you can conveniently try other ways to make your lawn appear more lovely.