Warmer weather is here which means it’s time to get back into the garden! While some believe gardening can be stressful, others find the activity as therapeutic and enjoyable. If your yard needs some TLC, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get re-acquainted with the outdoors and get your yard looking better than ever.
Analyze the Yard
First, take a look at the trees and see what limbs should be cut down. Most importantly, take a look at the limbs that hang over your house or garage. You would hate for a giant tree limb to destroy your home in a storm. Have TGS Insurance take a look at your current home insurance policy to make sure you’re fully covered in the event a tree does take a tumble on your home.
If you have large trees, you should hire an arborist to help tackle the larger limbs. Then you’ll want to take a look at your flower beds. “Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms.” Finally, take a look at your overall landscape areas such as your fence and pathways.
Need Some Fillers?
Pick out some plants or flowers to fill in the areas of your garden that feel exposed. Click here to find the perfect flower fit to help flourish your yard. You can also check out your local nursery and have a plant expert help you customize your garden. Remember to think about how much sun and share your garden gets and how much tending the plants will need.
Rejuvenate the Lawn
The grassy areas in your lawn is an important space to focus your attention on. Spring is the perfect time to start preparing your yard. Whether you have someone cut your grass for you or you do it yourself, you must clear out winter debris and scope the yard for areas that need reseeding before mowing. If this is your first time getting your yard ready for springtime then check out lawn care basics from Scotts. It breaks down step-by-step instructions on how to properly take care of your grass.
Assemble the New Beds
It’s possible to establish a new garden bed where one has not previously lived before. It is most important “to dig the soil, adding oxygen and relieving compaction, and then adding amendments-like compost-that will jump start the creation of rich, living soil.” Eliminate weeds or debris as soon as the soil can be worked. Disperse a layer of compost or manure over the soil and then rake it evenly before planting.
Planting from a bare root is the most beneficial way to plant. If you can, select a day that is cool and cloudy. Also, if you have a plant that needs a transplant container, it is best to do it during any growing season excluding the summertime.
Fertilize Fertilize Fertilize!
Your garden is coming out of a cool winter and needs a little boost of energy. Fertilizers are plants’ source of nourishment and help them grow healthy. Plants need to be fertilized because most soil does not offer the proper nutrients for full development. Click here to get more information on the right fertilizer and tips on how to use it for your yard.
Provide a Welcoming Space for Your Feathered Friends
If you already have a bird feeder then you might want to clean it out and put fresh bird feed in it. Place the feeder in an easy place for the birds to see and have access to. If you want to grow plants that birds love then try oak and hickory trees as well as sunflowers because they provide them with nuts and seeds. You also might want to consider a water feature for your feathered friends. They need a place to bathe and drink from. You can either purchase a birdbath or place a shallow bowl or pan of water for them.
Tending to your garden is no easy feat and requires some manual labor, but it’s a task that’s well worth it once you’re finished. Happy gardening!