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Even though snow has been in and out of the forecast recently, spring is here and it is time to clean up the yard.
There can be so much to do in your yard when the snow melts. You can be left with hanging tree limbs, bare spots on your grass and plenty of leaves to pick up. Thankfully, that’s usually when we can’t wait to get outside and get our hands dirty again!
There are so many articles on the best things to do and to use to spring clean the inside of your home, but the yard needs some love too! So, I have put together my top 5 spring cleaning ideas for your yard to help you get a jump on it!
Get those trees trimmed. Harsh winters can leave hanging limbs or dead branches that become a hazard for those that may travel below. You can usually rent a pole saw for the day or buy one if you think it is something you will use often enough.
Your trees are a really important part of your yard to assess after the winter. Falling limbs can injure people or houses. Be sure to consult a professional tree trimmer for large or heavy branches that may be beyond a homeowner’s ability to remove safely.
Trimming branches can be helpful to your lawn as well. Getting a little sun on some shady areas can help with things like moss and moisture issues.
If you get a little over zealous with your tree trimming, you may end up with a pile like this. Whoops.
Edge those flower beds! This is a very inexpensive project with the help of an edger.
Lush lawns love to creep wherever they can. If you have ever tried to pull hearty, well rooted grass out of your mulch, you know those suckers can really hold on tight!
Edging your beds gives them a polite stop sign and helps save you from constantly pulling tufts of grass from beneath your plants and flowers.
Edging also makes your flower beds look so pretty and “finished.”
Clean up all the leaf litter around retaining walls, under your decks and porches and around rock walls. This tip may seem like it is all about the look and cleanliness of your yard but it is much more.
This is super important because there is one little critter who happens to love leaf litter and you don’t want them lurking in your yard. Ticks! Gross, icky little buggers whose sole purpose on earth (as far as I can tell) is to torment me and make me crazy searching for them every time my family comes in from a day in the yard.
Keeping piles, like the one below, out of your yard will give ticks one less place to hide!
Add some flowers! After all the grey winter weather, your eyes need some color and some life in your yard.
Depending on where you live, you may want to keep them potted for now, so you can take them in if an unexpected cold snap comes along.
Just plop them on your porch or front stairs and enjoy!
Repair patches of your lawn that may need a little help after the winter.
Grass does a lot better when it has a posse. Bare spots beget bare spots and that’s no fun! You want a lawn that you can enjoy while the warm weather is here.
Spots like this need a little TLC and you can help them along with Scotts® EZ Seed® Sun and Shade. I love when products multitask! I’m not sure anyone has a lawn without at least one shady spot, and only having to buy one product that can adjust to both scenarios is so helpful!
I found my EZ Seed at Walmart right there with all the other grass seed and some herbicides.
The directions are simple and right there on the back of the container.
A little raking, a little spreading and a little water. Boom! Mic drop.
Now I just wait until I look over my lawn one day and see that gentle haze of green where I planted the EZ Seed®. That’s when I will know, spring has truly sprung.
Above all else, I hope you enjoy your yard this spring and have fun sprucing it up. Treat it like another room in your house. Get out there and get those hands dirty.