Spring is in full bloom. The plants are starting to sprout and the sun is shining, motivating us to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.
The best time to start preparing your yard for spring is when the frost has lifted for the season. Ensuring that your yard is maintained will help set up your landscape for long-term health so you can get the most out of the warmer days ahead.
Whether you’re looking to landscape your space, clean up your yard, or upgrade your entertainment areas, we’ve put together our favorite tips for basic spring care and maintenance for your yard in preparation for the upcoming season.
Rake or use a leaf blower to rid the yard of leaves, sticks, and debris that has piled up over the wintertime. Pull weeds from your lawn and planter boxes. Don’t forget to prune your landscaping and get rid of any dead plants. This is also a great time to check your gutters to see if they are clogged.
Treat Your Lawn
Bring your lawn back to life after the cold lull of winter. Start by aerating. Aerating will allow for fertilizer, water, and air to permeate into the root system, promoting growth for a lush lawn. Next, check for bare patches in your lawn and plant grass seeds (learn about how to seed your lawn here). You can also add non-toxic fertilizer to your grass for added nutrients to help your lawn thrive. Experts recommend only a light fertilizer feeding in the spring because too much fertilizer can lead to excessive weeds.
Revive Your Garden
The first step in reviving your garden is to prepare your soil. You can use a soil test to see pH and nutrient levels, which will help you understand what it needs to grow beautiful, healthy plants. We love using the soil tests from Sunday, a non-toxic yard care subscription that is customized to your soil. The first delivery includes a soil testing kit to get exactly what your yard needs, with solutions made from recognizable ingredients.
The winter can often cause your soil to become compacted, making it unconductive to plant growth. Be sure to loosen up your soil and add compost to improve soil fertility. After you’ve treated your soil, it’s time to start planting! Finish off your garden bed with a thick layer of mulch, effective in keeping weeds at bay.
Prepare Your Patio
Finally, it’s time to work on your patio. Inspect to see if any repairs are needed. Once you get general maintenance taken care of, clean your deck and wash the windows to remove the dirt and grime that has accumulated from the winter months. You can go the extra mile and power-wash your entire exterior for a truly fresh finish. Wipe off and rearrange your outdoor furniture. Last, put up string lights, wind chimes, or anything else you’d like to add some personality to your patio.
Now that your yard is prepared for spring, it’s time to sit back and enjoy your space! Ready to take your backyard to the next level? Read our tips for turning your outdoor space into an oasis.