Spring cleaning is a task that is not only for the inside of your home. When you’re done spring cleaning your home, it’s time to turn your attentions to the yard and the outside of the house. Chances are, winter has ravaged your yard and you may need to spend time picking up branches and other dirt and debris that has gathered. If you have pets, it may be time to clean the yard from their use of it during the winter!
A thorough spring cleaning of your yard will assure that your grass will grow green and strong, that your plants will flourish and that when it’s great weather you can pull up a chair, sit and relax and enjoy the beauty of your yard. Taking time to spring clean your yard when the plants are just waking up from their winter hibernation may help you avoid any issues with your foliage in the summer.
If you aren’t sure what should be done when and if you don’t trust your green thumb, here is a brief checklist of what should be addressed when spring cleaning the yard. This is a great list for both caregivers and their homes and for when they visit Mom and Dad and help them get their home summer-ready.
- In early April it’s the best time to grab a rake and begin a thorough yard cleaning. The yard may still be damp so you may not want to run a lawn mower around so stick to handheld yard appliances.
- Remove any coverings you put on your outdoor plants once the threat of overnight freezing has passed. If you staked up any trees so they would survive the winter, remove the stakes now.
- Resist the urge to prune trees and shrubs in the early spring months. Wait until they have budded out. Also, if you don’t see buds you may be removing a viable limb. Summer and fall are the best times for pruning.
- If you have perennial plants cut them back so they can grow back. If you have ornamental grass, cut them back so they flourish once summer is in full swing.
- Once the ground is able to tolerate the weight of your lawn mower you may want to aerate it. This will help the yard be better able to absorb water and nutrients. It also stimulates grass growth and speeds the decomposition of any grass clippings.
- Talk with a local gardening expert and ask the best time for planting your fruit and/or vegetable garden. You want to make sure they have a long enough growing season, but you don’t want the seeds to be planted in ground that is too cold to support them.
Sprucing up your yard may mean planting new grass in areas that were damaged by the winter. Seeing plants start to poke their “heads” up through the ground is a sure sign that spring is on the way and you want to do what you can to help with that growth!
The next in our Spring Cleaning Series focuses on Cleaning Out Your Closet