Spring is a busy time of year for your yard, and there’s no better time to spruce it up than now. From landscaping to exterior maintenance, here are some tips on how to prep your yard for spring.
Inspect Your Tool Shed and Plant Window Boxes
If you’re like many homeowners, your shed is decorative in nature, perhaps mimicking the color and style of your home. If you have window boxes, add soil and plant colorful blooms. Clean out your tool shed at this time to get everything organized, get rid of any nests that have cropped up over the winter, and make any necessary repairs. Check the status of your gas- and battery-powered lawn equipment, sharpen all tool blades, clean off the equipment, and stock up on gas for your mower.
Clean the Gutters
You may not see it from the ground, but from the street level, overstuffed gutters are unsightly and can detract from your curb appeal. Worse than that, debris such as leaves, acorns, and twigs can easily clog your gutters. With nowhere to go, water run off will accumulate around your foundation and leak into your basement. All that standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, too. Use a cup or scoop to get out the debris. While up there, check for a secure attachment on the gutters to your home. Then, check that the downspouts are pointing in the right direction, well away from the foundation so erosion or flooding doesn’t occur.
Take Care of Your Lawn
Remember, the three basics of lawn care are sun, water and fertilizer. Take it step by step, as a beautifully landscaped lawn is a careful balance of all the right ingredients.
- Test the Soil: Pick up a test from the store to indicate the pH level of your soil. You could also send your soil out for testing by your state or local college’s agricultural department. Always strive for an even balance of acidity and alkalinity.
- Regular Watering: With spring’s mild temperatures, water just once a week until the lawn is established. HGTV says you should “water deep” once summer hits, meaning give it a weekly soaking that will encourage roots to dig deeper into the soil. Thatching can result if you water lightly on a frequent basis. If your lawn is newly-seeded, water it daily for five minutes; once grass has sprouted to about a half inch, increase to 15 minutes.
- Feed Your Lawn: Spring is the perfect time to fertilize. Use one with micronutrients like sulfur, copper and iron. Every third year, add dolomitic lime to restore the pH and add calcium and magnesium — minerals your lawn thrives on.
- Aerate: High-traffic areas can compact your grass, which in turn stifles the roots. Give those roots air to breathe by aerating your lawn in the spring.
Contact Outdoor Home Living
If you need assistance with lawn care, come to Outdoor Home Living. You need an advanced horticultural approach to residential landscape maintenance and management in order to keep your landscape groomed throughout the entire year, but particularly in spring. Our experts make weekly visits and maintain annual maintenance procedures. Book an appointment now for spring clean-up in Dallas at 214-328-5296. From pruning back shrubs to planning out the season’s landscaping, it’s time to get going!