Winter has finally loosened its grip on America. As the weather warms up and the sun spends more time in the sky, gardeners across the country turn their eyes to their yards; before any real planting can be done, lawns and garden beds must be cleaned up. The following four steps will ensure that your yard is ready for the 2019 growing season.
- Clean it up. Spring cleaning refers to a lot of things. When it comes to your yard, that means removing the leaves, twigs, and other debris that have gathered over the past season. Use whatever landscape materials you have at your disposal; rakes work, but air blowers are even easier! You’ll be amazed at how much this simple task changes the appearance of your yard.
- Mow early, and mow often. At the beginning of the season, you want your grass to grow in healthy. Unfortunately, the standard way of mowing — to let it grow until it’s too high and then cut it — actually harms the roots so they can’t reproduce properly. Instead, you should be mowing your lawn every five days for the first six weeks of spring; this will ensure a thicker, fuller lawn.
- Find quality bark blowers. In terms of landscape materials, nothing transforms your yard better than adding a fresh layer of barkdust. Barkdust blowing provides a much more manicured appearance. It also helps prevent weeds and assists in retaining moisture in the hot summer months!
- Trim your trees. Dead branches pose more of a risk than just being ugly. They can fall and cause property damage, and even potential injury. Make sure to do your pruning before the buds start to emerge; you’ll be able to see the condition of the branches much better.
Did you know that 90% of Americans with a yard believe that it is important to maintain it? The sooner you take care of your lawn’s basic needs, the sooner you can get planting! Whether you favor fruits and veggies or perennials and flowers, you can only build upon a solid foundation. By making these simple landscape improvements, your property will be looking better than ever — and your plants can begin the new season happy and healthy.