Hopefully you find some of these tips helpful as you get ready to work on your yard for the spring and summer months. This article provided numerous good ideas and tips. The link to the full version with more tips in at the bottom! If you have ideas or tips that are not listed feel free to share them with us or you want to show off the work you have done in your yard this year!

  1. Start your spring lawn prep by using a rake: this will help remove any leaves and other garden debris that have accumulated over winter.
  2. Re-seed bare patches in your lawn: first, loosen the surface to a depth of 2 to 4 inches, then level the soil by using the back of a garden rake. Next, spread a mixture of grass seek and compost or fertilizer over the bare spot. Tamp the surface with the flat end of the rake to firm in the seed, then water as needed
  3. Check hand tools and equipment: some may need repairing, cleaning or replacing. Also make sure your irrigation system is working property for watering your plants
  4. Apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch: this should be done around the base of plants, trees, and shrubs as well as emerging bulbs and perennials. Doing this helps to moderate soil temperatures, maintain soil moisture, and deter weeds. Good sources of mulch include compost, shredded bark or leaves. Recycled rubber mulch works well around trees and shrubs, and the rubber suppresses weeds better than bark mulch.
  5. Fertilize growing plants: in spring with compost, aged manure or all-purpose organic fertilizer. Start fertilizing container plantings
  6. Prune any broken, diseased or dead limbs: this could be from trees and other woody plants. Prune back spring-blooming shrubs. Now is also the time to thin out and trim summer-blooming shrubs.
  7. Clear out weeds and last season’s garden debris: from beds and borders, remove or cut down last year’s perennial foliage and toss it in the compost pile.
  8. Hold off on the lawn fertilizer: until after your first spring mowing, then limit your spring feeding to ½ pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feed of lawn
  9. Before planting, consider th characteristics of your yard: such as soil type, sun and shade patterns, direction of prevailing winds and proximity to water.
  10. When planting container plants, be sure to loosen the root ball: this will allow plant roots to easily spread out into the soil. It will also help plants settle faster into their new space
  11. Get your new plants off to a good start y thoroughly soaking the soil: do this before putting plants in the ground. Once plants are in the ground, be sure to water them thoroughly, keeping the soil slightly moist at all times during the first growing season until plants become established.
  12. Arrange new plantings in layers: with medium-sized plants in the middle, low plants in front, and tall plants in back. If you’re planting an island, place taller plantings in the middle instead. You’ll create more visual interest if you stagger your plantings so they’re not lined up in straight rows.
  13. Create excitement in your landscape with a focal point: this can be anywhere from an interesting sculpture, the sound of a fountain, a cozy seating area, garden art, etc.

 

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