Spring cleaning isn't just for your closets and basements! Spring is the ideal time to begin preparing your yard and garden for the coming summer months. Devine Hands has 6 spring cleaning tips for your yard to ensure your outdoor space is in tip top shape.
1. Repair Damaged Grass
Dog urine contains a high nitrogen content that can badly damage grass, even through the snow. When the weather warms up, dull brown areas can be soaked with water to flush out the nitrogen. Very badly damaged areas may need to be re-seeded.
2. Remove Large Debris
Winter storms may have wreaked havoc on your trees. Dangling branches can be removed from the tree itself, and any scattered branch debris in the yard can be gathered up. (If you aren't sure if the branch is totally damaged, don’t remove it: bowed branches often spring back to life without the heavy weight of winter snow.) If your municipality doesn’t have spring collection days for large yard debris, there may be a nearby drop-off location. If those aren't viable options, consider renting a wood chipper and turning that pesky debris into mulch!
Raking your lawn and garden beds not only gets rid of the soggy leaves from the previous fall, it also helps remove thatch. Lawn thatch is the layer of undecomposed stems and leaves between the living vegetation and the soil. Thick thatch layers can damage your lawn by keeping in too much heat or moisture. Rake gently: no need to rip up holes!
4. Repair fencing
Remove and replace any badly damaged or rotting sections of fence, or patch with epoxy. For fencing that has survived the winter, scrub and clean the surface with a mixture of water, bleach, and liquid soap. This ensures that grime doesn’t build up and trap moisture, resulting in further rot.
Cut back the previous year’s growth from perennials. For those plants you pruned in the fall, there is no need to prune them again in the spring. For plants that bloom in early spring, it is best to wait until later in the spring, after they have flowered, to prune. For plants that bloom in the summer, prune in early spring to ensure optimal growth.
6. Plan Your Planting
If you plan to add to your garden beds, check planting dates. Some hearty species may be able to survive the cool nights of early spring, and can be planted earlier.