Spring is here and it is time to wake up from your lazy winter hibernation and avoidance of yard work.It is time to do some spring cleaning! Admit it, after you finish cleaning your home, there is a feeling of joy, accomplishment, and completeness. Sometimes, there’s even a slight echo in the home, especially after you get rid of all the things that you should not have bought. Well, cleaning and updating your yard will bring out those positive vibes as well. Especially when you do it for yourself and not to impress other people. I mean really, it is YOUR yard, do what makes you happy…
Toughest part about labor intensive tasks such as spring cleaning your paradise, your yard, is of course, starting. If you are to only remember one thing from this article, make sure it is the fact that you need to create a strategy for this endeavor. Otherwise, expect to plant some ugly flowers that looked gorgeous in an advertisement, waste money on rework, and possibly even lose your motivation to create a beautiful yard that has a better a curb appeal than “miss perfect front lawn every damn spring” across the street.
Here are some tasks to get you started:
Start with a General Spring Cleanup
After winter, you must clear out the following junk from your yard:
- Leftover salt & sand
- Broken branches & twigs
- Miscellaneous debris
You will also need to eradicate those pesky weeds and prune the tough plants that survived the winter. You will want to do this early in the spring season since new plants will start popping out of the ground soon.
Finished Spring Cleaning Your Yard? It is Time to Moisturize your Soil
Winter inevitably dries out soil and you will need to revitalize damaged areas along with any area that you expect to be planting in.
Back in the old country, my Babushka (grandma) used to add manure to the dry dirt. Manure is excellent for spreading moisture. But of course, you can just get away with using some general compost to achieve the same results.
Do your own research for proper techniques, but I suggest plucking out any weeds and then adding fresh compost or manure to the soil. You will want to wait a few weeks before planting in those areas because the soil needs time to become moist again.
Plant Flowers That Make You Happy
There are numerous landscaping options to consider when beautifying the yard, but an easy option that will bring some life to your garden is planting some flowers.
So start with doing just that! Start small, complete the task, feel accomplished and if your finances and time permits you to move up to the next level of the landscaping hobby such as planting privacy hedges and trees, then go for it. Just remember, this is about you, go on your own pace. Don’t burn yourself out, or your wallet…
As far as “which types of flowers should I plant?” part goes, well, I won’t waste your time with my thoughts on which flowers look good, that is honestly up to you.
If the flowers you pick look pretty to you, smell nice, & compliment your home, go for it. Make sure to do research on this subject before committing to your dream flower though! Some plants grow better in different types of environment, so don’t make hasty decisions or you will have to do the job twice!
Keep the Yard Beautiful
So, you dedicated a day to spring cleaning, prepped your soil, planted beautiful plants, now what?
Well, your yard won’t keep itself groomed. You need to create a maintenance schedule for yourself or hire a professional to do the periodic grooming. In fact, this is probably one of the most important points in this article because following a set grooming schedule will keep you yard updated and fresh. If professional help is what you are looking for, check out our spring and summer landscaping services.
Along with general upkeep, you will also want to do some mulching in desired areas to prevent weeds from sprouting. Lastly, make sure to water! Our recommended watering cycle is 3 to 5 days.
Last minute Thoughts… and the sales pitch of course…
If you read to this point, might as well finish reading the post. By now you have the general idea on how to get your yard from its winter hibernation state, to the beautiful summer garden, paradise, “my yard is better than your yard,” state. Just kidding about the last part… kind of…
Please post any questions, in the comments and I will answer after discussing the question with the industry experts that I work with. If you have any feedback, good or bad, I would love to hear it as well.
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I hope you enjoyed the read and remember, I am one author with my opinion on this subject matter. Do you research and look into it for yourself. If you need to consult an expert, just contact us.