Spring has sprung, which means summer is just around the corner. It’s almost time to fire up the grill, jump in the pool, and kick back outside with family and friends. But, before you can do this, you have to roll up your sleeves and get the backyard cleaned up and ready to go.
To help you do this, here are some tips and tools to help you have your backyard in tip-top shape this S.P.R.I.N.G.:
S- Shrubs and Trees
The winter can cause damage and debris to trees and shrubs. Take a pruner and start cutting back to the live stem. You can use hand pruners for smaller shrubs, bushes, and perennials, but use a handsaw for larger trees and shrubs. Don’t be afraid to go out there and begin clipping away (but remember to make smart cuts); who knows, maybe it’ll be a mini therapeutic session for you. Be sure to read up on which trees and plants to prune at which times in the season for maximum growth. Some trees may need to be professionally trimmed if you cannot reach them safely.
P- Patios and Pathways
Sweep and rake away unwanted gravel from pathways. You may need to refill the areas in-between the flagstones with more gravel or stone. If the stones are damaged, replace them. For pathways that have acquired a buildup of weeds in between bricks or stones, apply weed killer and pullout unwanted weeds. There may be unwanted spots and debris on patios and paths, so use a pressure washer to clean up tough leaf stains and spots.
R-Rake and Reuse
Garden beds can accumulate debris and leaves, so grab a rake and start cleaning them out. Your lawn can also develop a buildup over the winter. Once the ground is dry, get your daily exercise in, rake up those leaves and get your lawn ready for fertilizing. If you’re into being environmentally friendly, a great way to reuse leaves is to start composting. When you’re raking, gather debris and flip over to promote new growth. When gathering up debris, leaves, and old branches, start a compost pile. To assist decomposition, shred leaves and break up twigs and branches to be less than ½ an inch.
To get your yard flourishing with colorful plants and green lawns, you need to make sure you are using proper watering techniques. If you have sprinklers, make sure they are properly set up to where they are hitting plants and grass only. When watering your plants and lawn, it is best to water early in the morning. Experts at The Grounds Guys® recommend allowing at least 6 hours of sun to allow the grass to dry so it is not susceptible to disease. In the early months of the spring, you do not need to spend as much time watering due to heavy rainfall. To get the most out of your irrigation system it is best to consult professionals, like The Grounds Guys, because they will help you utilize your irrigation system’s full potential.
Over the winter, lawn can become damaged and die or have brown spots. Regrow grass in these areas by using fertilizer and herbicides. Professionals know best when it comes to properly fertilizing grass, but if you’re going to do it yourself be sure to carefully read directions. Once grass is properly watered and has grown, you can start mowing it. A well-kept lawn will prevent weeds from overtaking a lawn. Spring is also a great time to plant new perennials and annuals that will not be affected too much by the cold nights.
Although cleanup is crucial this spring, it is also important to do some decorating outside with the color scheme of your garden. Gardens can add originality and uniqueness to a backyard. A few things to remember is to be sure to follow the rule of repetition and make sure designs are not too busy. Bright colors are good to use in full sun and then light colors are better in shady areas. A few flowers to try out this spring are Tulips, Lilacs, and Hydrangeas.
Best of luck this spring and don’t forget to call The Grounds Guys if you need any lawn care or landscaping help.