4 Steps to Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring
Winter is dragging along. It’s far from over but there is the sense that spring will come. And it’s not all that far away. Perhaps, as the most current snowfall melts away and you can actually see your lawn and garden, you might be getting excited about being able to get back outdoors and enjoy your outdoor living space.
On the other hand, the forthcoming spring may be making you anxious. Many homeowners begin to feel a bit overwhelmed as they start looking out at their yards. They don’t see the promise, they see the work. But, this time of year can be exhilarating and productive. The key is not to get anxious, just get prepared.
But first – take your time. In other words, don’t get too hasty. If you go outside to take a pre-spring assessment of the condition of your lawn, don’t jump in with both feet – literally. If your yard is soggy and wet don’t walk on it. You will cause damage to it. Even if you’re really tempted, satisfy yourself that you can assess its condition with a visual overview. You don’t need to walk on saturated grass to see what condition it’s in. Wait until the time is right.
With that in mind, here are 4 things you can do to get your yard ready for spring.
Remove all debris. If you care about your lawn, you probably did some winter planning last fall by picking up sticks, leaves, and twigs from the yard. Basically, it’s time to get all the debris that you didn’t get last fall as well as new debris that found its way to your yard over the winter.
Prune and clean. If your perennials somehow got neglected last fall, now is the time to remove any aged growth. Also, the very early days of spring are an ideal time for trimming your shrubs in advance of their active season for growth.
Heal and nourish your plants. It’s possible that salt runoff has dehydrated your plants causing bare spots along your lawn’s edges. Granted, the rains of spring can dilute the salt, so it washes away so allow for your plants to recover on their own. But, if you’re certain they’ve been damaged, you can apply gypsum to condition your soil and get rid of the salt, so your plants are more likely to grow hearty and healthy.
Fertilize. Your shrubs and lawn are ready to be fertilized in the spring. The right type of fertilizer will also help mintage the sprouting of weeds. Don’t do this too early because, with the spring rain, it will get washed away before it can be effective. The ideal time to fertilize is when the temperature of your soil reaches 55 degrees or higher.
And, whatever you do this spring, don’t seed or aerate. Wait until a bit later in the spring to seed and wait until late summer or even early fall to aerate.
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