Spring is here, and that means it's time to give your backyard a good cleaning. Here are 7 steps to help you get started:
- Rake leaves and debris. Rake up any leaves or debris that have accumulated in your yard over the winter. This will help to prevent pests and diseases from taking hold. You can either compost the leaves or bag them and dispose of them properly.
- Prune shrubs and trees. Now is also a good time to prune any shrubs and trees that need it. This will help to promote new growth and keep your plants healthy. Be sure to use sharp pruning shears or a saw, and make clean cuts.
- Fertilize your lawn. A good spring fertilization will help your lawn to green up quickly and stay healthy all season long. Be sure to follow the directions on the fertilizer label.
- Aerate your lawn. Aerating your lawn will help to improve drainage and reduce thatch build-up. This will make your lawn more resistant to pests and diseases. You can aerate your lawn yourself with a rented aerator, or hire a professional to do it for you.
- Weed your garden beds. Weeds can quickly take over your garden beds, so it's important to weed them regularly. You can either pull weeds by hand or use a hoe. Be sure to dispose of the weeds properly, so they don't resprout.
- Plant new flowers and plants. If you're looking to add some new life to your backyard, now is a great time to plant some new flowers and plants. Be sure to choose plants that are suited to your climate and growing conditions.
- Enjoy your backyard! Once you've finished cleaning up your backyard, take some time to relax and enjoy it. Spend some time gardening, reading a book, or enjoying that first fire after spring cleaning. Your backyard is your own personal oasis, so make the most of it!
As with any backyard activity, safety comes first! Protect yourself and your yard with these additional tips for spring yard cleanup:
- Wear gloves and long sleeves to protect yourself from pests and thorns. If you don't wear long sleeves, be sure to wear sun-screen to protect your skin.
- Use a ladder to reach high branches and areas that are difficult to reach.
- Be careful when using power tools, and always follow the safety instructions.
- Take breaks often to avoid fatigue.
- Dispose of yard waste properly, according to your local regulations.
With a little effort, you can have a beautiful and inviting backyard in no time. Then, kick off your season in your newly tidied yard with an evening fireside around the best fire pit available.