As the season changes from winter to spring, you are most likely getting anxious to get outside and get your yard ready to enjoy during the warmer months. As winter comes to a close, there are some areas of your yard that will require immediate attention. With that, there are some things you will want to keep in mind when getting your yard summer ready. Below are six areas of your yard that most likely require some maintenance now that winter is over.
One of the first things you will want to check for maintenance is your lawn. Many homeowners rush to water it at the first sign of spring. What you want to pay close attention to is whether or not your lawn needs water right now. Look for brown spots and dry patches and focus your attention on those areas. Depending on the yard, you may need to rake leaves in order to get a clear idea of the care your lawn needs.
Another thing you will want to do is check weather forecasts to ensure you won’t receive any frost and more importantly, to check for predicted rainfall. If you are concerned that your lawn may not receive enough precipitation, then set up your sprinkler system to target the areas that need to be watered. The Sprinkler Guy recommends that you make sure the stop and waste valve in your sprinkler is functioning properly, so it drains the section of copper mainline from the backflow device to the valve. This will help avoid any overwatering of your lawn.
In the spring, your garden may not be quite ready for planting so you will most likely be focusing on your garden’s hardscape issues. According to Mr Handyman, this often includes fixing damaged stones or water fountains, leveling out any stepping stones, fixing decks, securing trellises, cleaning out gutters, and fixing any damage to window boxes and raised beds.
This is a great time for you to plan your garden and yard set up and plan for any new additions and improvements to your outdoor space. As you are working on your hardscape garden tasks, you will also receive new ideas and inspiration for what you want to add and change.
If you have an outdoor pool in your backyard, you probably already know that there is a lot of work involved when it comes to spring maintenance. You will need to remove debris from the cover and from the water. You will also need to return water levels to normal, remove antifreeze from plumbing lines, and remove your freeze plugs for winterized pools.
According to Pool Care Guy, some additional tasks may also include replacing the strainer basket for your pool’s pump, checking that the circulation pump and pool heater are in working order, vacuuming the pool, and shocking the pool to ensure all bacteria and algae have been eliminated.
The Flower and Perennial Beds
Once you are certain you won’t receive any more frost, you can begin planting new seeds and bulbs. If you expect more frost, then hold off on planting anything new. To prepare for planting, weed your soil, test it, remove mulch, fertilize it, and ensure your soil has adequate moisture. Gear Trench advises that you may also want to build new raised flower beds or add more flower beds to other areas of your yard at this point.
The Shrubs and Trees
Spring is a good time to break out the hedge trimmers and clippers and start removing any overgrowth or dead wood. If you use shrub protectors, then they will need to be removed first. Be careful to not prune shrubs that are expected to bloom in spring as you will stop any flowers from blooming.
Your trees may need some dead limbs cut down as well. If you don’t have a good eye for seeing where the dead bark ends and the live bark begins, then you may want to hire a professional to assess your prospective dead tree limbs before you proceed to cut your trees.
If you have a concrete patio, then you should start by de-griming your concrete and stones. You may need to bleach tough stains on your concrete walls or floors to bring out its beauty. If you have steps and siding on your home, then you will want to pressure wash them to remove mildew stains.
Your patio furniture will also need some cleaning and preparing for summer use. Rinse it down and wash any cushions and fabric covers so they are clean and ready to use. Be sure to check labels on fabrics for proper care instructions and double check that your patio furniture material can be washed with regular soap and water.
Now that spring is here, you will want to make sure that you thoroughly check each area of your yard and make a list of all required maintenance tasks before you begin. Some of those tasks may need to wait due to weather while some should be taken care of immediately.
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