Spring is Coming: How to Prep Your Yard

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Spring is Coming: How to Prep Your Yard | The Experienced Gardener

Spring is coming! Winter is on its way out and the beautiful weather and colors of spring are on their way in. Along with the nicer weather comes a need to start paying more attention to your yard. If you want your yard to be lush and green instead of splotchy and full of weeds you need to start preparing now. The good news is that you can start the preparation process a few weeks before spring arrives so you are not stuck with an overwhelming amount of work to do all at one.

Start cleaning

Cleaning your yard is an essential first step toward prepping it for the spring. You may have raked leaves occasionally throughout the fall and winter. However, it is likely that there are a few leaves lingering on the ground along with fallen sticks and other debris. Take a weekend or time over the course of several weekends to clean your yard and make sure nothing will get in the way of the new growth or your efforts to work on the lawn. If you have flowers beds that you want to put new plants in make sure and remove any dead plant material or old mulch left from last spring.

Start planning

Taking a few minutes to make a plan for your yard prep will save you time and money over the long run. Learn about the type of grass and plants you have or plan to have in your yard. The type of grass you have can guide you on what type of fertilizer and seed to use. In addition, it also helps you determine the best timing for aeration and planting. The types of plants you chose should be based on what will work for your climate and your yard. For example, plants require different levels of sun exposure and watering. Planning the layout of your flower beds and garden based on the needs of your plants will increase the likelihood that they will thrive.

Start feeding

Before you add grass seeds or plants to your yard you need to prepare the soil. This often means that you add in some type of fertilizer or feed. From your time planning, you will know the right timing and methods for adding plant food to your yard and garden. There are products on the market that combine the elements of feeding and seeding your lawn. If you decide to go with this type of product make sure that you carefully follow the directions to insure maximum results.

The spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings, which is reflected right in your front yard. Use the motivation that comes from the impending arrival of spring to get a head start on your yard and garden so you can spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor.  

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