Spring, it is absolutely the best time of the year. Harsh winters give way to spring showers, sunshine, moderate temperature and new growth and outdoor living begin to swing into step. This is also a great time to get your yard back in shape where you can relax, have fun and socialise with friends. However, this can be a daunting task if you do not know where to start off. No worries, with little effort and thoughtful plan of action your yard will soon be ready for the summer fun.
Here I am providing few tips to get you started and you will soon be rewarded with a healthier and more vigorous landscape.
Rake your Yard
The first step in spring yard preparation is to use a rake to remove leaves and other garden debris that have accumulated over the winter season. Once your entire yard has been clear of debris, give it a boost by spreading a thin layer about 1/4 inch thick of aged compost.
Aerating your Lawn
Aeration allows the grass to breathe and enables water and nutrients to reach the root system. If you fail to aerate your lawn sufficiently, it will make it much more difficult for the grass and plants to survive during the hottest part of the season. Lawn with cool season grass should be aerated in the early spring or fall and those with warm season grass in the late spring. Lawn experts such as Jim’s Mowing suggest that the lawn should be aerated every 1-3 years, but areas with high traffic may require frequent attention.
Re-seed Bare Patches
Till the soil and spread the seeds evenly across the bare spot to fill in the gaps in the lawn growth. Use a compost or fertiliser and tamp the surface with the flat end of the rake to firm in the seeds and water the area as you normally would. You can add a nitrogen-rich fertiliser when the seeds germinate, this ensures robust growth.
Check the Hand Tools and Equipment
After you have re-seeded the bare patches, it’s time to check the equipment to see if any of them need repairing, cleaning or replacing. Also, ensure that your irrigation system is working properly for the upcoming growing season.
Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of plants, trees and shrubs as well as emerging growth. Mulching helps to moderate soil temperature, maintain soil moisture, prevent weed growth and makes your soil more friable by increasing the population of beneficial soil microorganisms and also makes your garden look more beautiful. Mulching can be done with compost, shredded bark or leaves. Experts in tree care, Daryl’s Tree Care and Surgery say that using recycled rubber mulch works well around trees and shrubs as it suppresses weed better than bark mulch.
Mow the Grass
Mowing the grass requires a mower with a sharp blade as it will give you the best results. Grass should be mowed roughly once a week, however, it also depends on how fast your grass grows based on climatic conditions. You should keep the grass cut height at about 2.5 to 3 inches, except in the hottest part of the season when it should not be longer than about half an inch. Mowing the grass in a correct way is essential for the turf to be healthy, drought-resistant and thick enough to crowd out the weeds. There are many intricacies involved in mowing a lawn, so this job should be best left to the professionals and you can hire lawn mowing Mornington Peninsula service providers to mow your grass.
Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
Spring is also the best time of the year to care for your trees in the yard. Trim dead, diseased and broken branches and excess growth off of trees and shrubs in your yard. Pruning promotes healthy growth and allows you to shape the growth in the way you want resulting in a more aesthetic appearance. Look for dead and damaged limbs which will be identifiable by the colourless appearance and lack of thriving foliage. Prune the tree branches that extend over driveways, walkways or any place in the yard where people tend to gather. If you have tree stump left over from the last year’s tree removal then get it removed by calling in tree stump removal experts in your area as it is an eyesore to your beautiful garden and can be a trip hazard as well as hinder the mowing.
Once your yard is clean and green, turn it into a summer heaven.
Add Some Colour
It is time to add the colour elements as it is the first thing, anyone, notices in the landscape. Container gardens filled with exciting combinations of geraniums, begonias, petunias, tulips, roses and more can add a dramatic splash of colours wherever it’s needed. You can keep a flower bed in a small corner of your yard as well with a variety of seasonal and perennials to suit your preference. Place a large urn full of flowers at your front door to welcome the guests and gorgeous hanging baskets around the deck and patio where everyone will gather.
Build a Rustic Footpath
If you have a very large yard or the one that is divided up with shrubs, flower beds or amenities like a pool or fire pit, then constructing a simple stepping stone path would be a good addition. A footpath gives an expedient way to explore your yard without wearing down the grass and gives a quaint aesthetic.
Add Comfortable Seating
As you would be spending a lot of time outside in summers, reading a book, playing with kids or dog, family gathering and friends coming over, so ensure that you have comfortable seating. Invest in some durable outdoor lawn chairs with cushions and a table to sit and sip lemonade on a hot day. If the space permits, you can even set out an entire dining set, but keep in mind the layout of plants, trees and shrubs to decide on the best way to arrange the furniture to turn your yard into a relaxing outdoor space.
Add Some Shade and Lighting
This is the essential thing to do for the hot days coming ahead. Incorporate awnings or a garden parasol or if thinking long-term, build a pergola and train climbers up it to create some dappled shade. To create an inviting atmosphere in the evenings, lighting is important. You can use solar panel lights or tiki torches. Create a soft mood by hiding landscape lighting under shrubs. Light up the path with stake lights along the border.
Following the above-mentioned tips will help you transform your yard into living heaven and ready for the summers ahead.
Mathew provides expert advice on tree care and lawn care to Melbourne residents and has been doing this for the past 4 years. He offers advice through his writings and loves to write on various aspects of tree care such as pruning, trimming, pest control, transplanting and replanting the trees, mulch and possum control to name a few and lawn care such as mowing, mulching, aerating, weed and pest control and fertilising and landscaping. His educational qualification in horticulture and arboriculture has helped him a lot in providing the information to general people.