Spring is right around the corner and now is the time of year when we emerge from our homes to find our yards in disarray. Winter isn’t usually kind to your shrubs, lawn, or garden. Follow these tips to get your yard ready for spring:
- Make a list: Before you head to your local home improvement or garden center, make a list of everything you need for the chores that you plan to undertake. A list eliminates the need to make multiple trips because you forgot something.
- Leaves and branches: I have an oak tree that borders my back yard. The leaves seem to hang onto the limbs well into February, so I’m left with a bunch of leaves that fell during the coldest months of the year. Hopefully, you got your leaves under control at the end of autumn so this chore does not take too long.
- Mind the edges: Nice clean borders seem to blur during winter. If you do this job correctly now it will be easier to maintain those nice clean edges in the months to come.
- Fertilize: Depending on the size of your yard, fertilizing may be a quick step or a step you might consider avoiding. I have a pretty small back yard. Fertilizing my lawn takes all of 10 or 15 minutes. But, if you have a yard that resembles the back nine at Augusta, you may want to let nature do its thing and not fertilize.
- Go low maintenance: If you don’t enjoy spending your spare time in your yard, take a shot at a low maintenance shrubs and flowers. Check out the articles we have written on this topic in the past to get some ideas — and be sure to read the comments, which are full of even more suggestions.
What are some of the things you do to get your yard ready for spring? Share your tips in the comments.