For a lot of people, the spring period is the perfect time of the year. This is an ideal time to put your yard in perfect shape for summer fun.
As the days get hotter and trees start to bloom, a lot of homeowners will begin making plans to put their yards in great shape for the warm summer ahead. Preparing your yard for summer can feel like a challenging task but you know the good news? It doesn’t need to be!
Here are a few essential tips that you can take care of now to prepare your yard for summer:
1. Do some cleaning
The first step to preparing your yard for summer is to clean up the leaves, twigs and other dirt that have gathered over the spring. Rakes work well, but air blowers are even better. Debris can get hooked to your lawn mower, and it will obstruct fertilizers and other materials from being properly absolved by the lawn.
2. Cut down early, cut down often
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is only cutting down once a week in the spring.
Mow every week for the first six weeks of spring, depending on the atmosphere, to ensure a thicker and fuller lawn.
3. Pick a good, heavy cover
Once your lawn is taken care of, edge out your beds, trim back dead branches on shrubs and replace the mulch.
4. Cut down the trees.
It’s difficult to know if a tree has dead branches unless you check it. If dead branches are not tended to, they can fall, thereby causing property damage and possible injury.
Consider hiring the service of a tree trimmer for safety purposes at least once every three years, ideally before the leaves start shooting out.
5. Plant & Maintain Flowers & Vegetables
The flowers, vegetables, and other plants that may be planted successfully in the spring will depend majorly on your climate and local conditions. It’s ideal to get in touch with a local garden center for details.
Typically, where warming weather allows, spring is an excellent time to plant summer veggies like corn, beans, tomatoes, and melons, and to set out summer annuals and summer-flowering bulbs. In colder weather conditions, you can still plant cold-season vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and leafy greens.
6. Control Pest
Aphids and garden pests enjoy spring growth. If you see curled or poorly formed leaves on specific plants and trees like roses, citrus, or fruit trees, this is a potential sign of aphids.
To get rid of these, wash plants continuously with a strong jet of water, blasting the aphids from foliage. Spraying with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil can be of help, too. A more natural solution that works is to release ladybugs at dusk yearly. Remove snails and slugs out of your yard with your hand or, if necessary, lure them.
7. Aerate your garden
Aerating your yard before summer is crucial because it enables water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate your grassroots better. This leads to a healthy root system which aids in keeping your garden healthy and lush. It’s better to perform the step in the autumn if your garden is a cool-season grass, like bluegrass or ryegrass. If you live in weather where warm-season grasses excel, aerate in the spring. Many experts advice aerating your yard every 1 to 3 years but highly motorable areas may need more frequent attention.
8. Remove excess Thatch
Thatch is the decaying plant element that piles up in your yard. A thatch layer of more than half an inch can block sunlight from grass and stop water from reaching deep roots. You can remove thatch in the autumn by gathering it up while you’re raking leaves, but it’s also a better idea to rake it up again in the spring to prepare your yard for summer. Detaching should be done in tandem with aeration.
9. Fertilize Your Grass
How you should fertilize your yard will all depend on what kind of grass you have? A nitrogen-rich fertilizer should be spread in the spring for warm-season grasses at the first sign of vibrancy. You can fertilize again very late in the summer. A cool-season grass will require little more attention and will need fertilization during early spring after the quiet winter period and again during early fall. Make use of fertilizer with a more significant amount of nitrogen concentrations during the fall application. Fertilizer application should be delayed back about a month before peak summer conditions.
10. Build a rustic footpath
If you have a big yard or one that is separated into shrubs, flower beds or amenities like a pool or fire pit, you might consider building a simple stepping stone path out of wooden planks or flagstones.
A footpath can offer you a pathway to get across your yard without wearing down the grass. It is easy to construct and has a pleasant and enjoyable feel.