Sprucing up for Spring
Spring is almost upon us! (Northerners and East-coasters, you know what I’m talking about!)
As the snow begins to melt and your backyard is distinguishable again, you may feel a little depressed at the state your yard and garden are in. With a little love and these spring cleaning tips, your yard will be in tip-top shape before you can say “play ball.”
#1. Grab a Rake
When the snow melts, it often reveals numerous items which weren’t there last year leaves, litter, fallen branches, etc. The first step to cleaning up your yard is raking and removing these items. Raking also helps prevent thatch build-up.
#2. Get Those Flower Beds Ready
Nothing makes me happier in the springtime than a garden full of colorful flowers. To get a head start, go through your flowerbeds removing any old stems, weeds, and dead leaves. Then, spread a fresh layer of compost over perennials. You can plant trees and shrubs in early spring, but wait until all threat of frost is over before planting annuals.
#3. Start Growing Seeds Early!
Even before the last threat of frost, you can get some flowers and vegetables started in your home! My Grandpa in Michigan always starts his tomato plants about six to eight weeks before the weather warms up. They live in small pots on his kitchen table with a fluorescent lamp over them until they’re big enough (and it’s warm enough!) to be transplanted. This is a great way to get the feeling of springtime even before the weather cooperates!
#4. Gather Inspiration
Start a board on Pinterest or do some research on your favorite gardening websites and pick out a few realistic projects you want to tackle. It’s not too early to start planning your perfect poolside barbecue or plotting that strawberry patch you’ve always wanted!