For most people, the spring season represents a new dawn and the chance to start fresh after the chilly winter months. Indeed, many people take time at the beginning of spring to get their home in proper order by clearing the attic, sweeping out a guest room or reorganizing a home office. But spring cleaning shouldn’t just be limited to the inside of a home; the outside needs a bit of TLC as well.
With that in mind, here are some quick ways the average homeowner can get long-neglected yards and gardens looking their fecund best.
As far as getting a yard or garden in in top shape is concerned, it’s best to start with the clearing of the rubbish. Fallen branches, leaves, weeds – these all have a tendency to pile up after two or three months of neglect. The first thing to do is clear all physical debris and rake all the leaves. Next, it’s time to get down to the business (literally) of pulling weeds. Once all the little buggers have been uprooted and tossed out, the real business of yard and garden beautification can commence.
As a side note, those with weed problems will want to commit to spending 15 or so minutes once a week pulling those errant plants wherever they may spring up. There are plenty of organic weed-killing products on the market that should facilitate this process.
Mulch to the rescue
The ravages of winter can leave lawn or garden plants looking insipid and limp; overall a fairly depressing sight. Those without the greenest of thumbs should know that mulch can bring any battered plant back from the brink of death and get it back into fighting shape in no time. Those more experienced landscapers recommend laying four inches of mulch over the topsoil, which will help withered plants retain some much-needed moisture.
But remember to clear mulch away from the base of the plant, as this helps to protect the bulb.
Don’t be scared of fertilizer
Those who don’t make yard or garden maintenance a huge priority will likely be intimidated by the idea of implementing fertilizer into the landscaping process. But there’s no need to be frightened; fertilizer isn’t just for industrial agriculture. In fact, those who truly want their yard or garden to bloom have no other choice but to fertilize.
The good news is that every home-improvement store is going to have a variety of fertilizers on hand for a variety of purposes. The average homeowner should do just fine with a good old-fashioned turf builder. Of course, those growing fruits, vegetables or herbs will want to use a fertilizer with zero pesticides.
Check and double-check irrigation
Even when working with a basic garden hose, it is best to check the water supply at the start of each spring season. Those with complicated, below-ground sprinkler systems are going to want to inspect the tank and pump to ensure that a few months of inactivity haven’t rendered them dysfunctional.
By following these easy tips, those eager to embrace the burgeoning spring season can transform those yards and gardens on the brink of death into lush and vibrant landscapes.