How To Prep Your Yard For Summer
Spring is here, and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. Everything from ceilings to closets typically get aired out and washed as part of the “spring cleaning” process. A lot of people tend to forget, however, that their yard could also use some loving after a long and cold winter. Right now is the perfect time to take care of their yard and get it ready for the summer. Here are a few simple tips to help you get a start on turning your yard into summer’s best hangout spot.
Prune Trees and Bushes as Soon as Possible
Its crucial to prune early in the season because once they start adding new growth and sap is flowing, it takes longer for the plants to adjust to the pruning. Fruit trees should be pruned in late fall or early winter, but you can always trim some branches from mature non-fruiting trees in your yard. It is also important to take extra care when pruning or trimming young trees. Less is more, and the sooner in the spring season, the better. If you need help with this process, you can always call for professional help with tree trimming or removal in the cases where a tree is dead or dying.
Remove Potentially Hazardous Trees
Dead and dying trees can be a huge hazard on your property. With drier weather on the way, it is important to check for dead branches, root decay or damage, or any other hazardous looking circumstances in the trees in your yard. If you are unsure if your tree is a risk or not, you can schedule a free tree evaluation with one of our experts.
Plan Out and Plant Your Veggie Gardens
Ideally, you’ve been thinking about your garden over the winter, so you know what you want to grow. Now’s the time to build a few raised beds with wood or bricks, fill them with healthy soil, and plant an assortment of edible treats.
Knowing which plants and pollinators thrive in the Pacific Northwest or your area is pertinent to the success of your garden. Certain vegetables, like brassicas and lettuces, thrive in the cooler weather of the spring or late autumn. Now’s also the best time, one frosts are finished for the year, to transplant veggies and annual fruits, like pumpkins, with longer growing seasons. If you’re building new beds, you can install dripped hoses, allowing for quick, efficient, and clean watering when rain isn’t falling.
Add Some Annual Flowers For Extra Color
Warmer temperatures mean that less hardy annual flowers can now tolerate transplanting. Before you buy any, add several inches of organic material, such as compost, to your flower beds. Then, stock up with colorful blooming plants from your local nursery and turn your yard into a springtime riot of color. Those annual flowering plants can help attract certain bees and other pollinators to your yard, which can help your fruit trees and vegetable garden as well.
Minimize Potential Pest Problems
The spring is a perfect time to start protecting your yard against problem insects. Use a hose to wash aphids off of existing plants. Consider releasing ladybugs into your yard. Many gardening centers now carry these hungry little beetles, which will happily attack and eat aphids. Snails and slugs should be picked off by hand. Chickens and other poultry relish them as snacks, so save them if you have a flock or donate them to a neighbor with backyard birds.
Water and Feed All of Your Plants
If you aren’t getting much rainfall, you may need to water your yard at least weekly to encourage new growth. After a long and dry winter season, your grasses, bushes, and trees will thank you with fresh leaves and new growth. Remember to fertilize and feed your trees, bushes, ornamental plants and garden beds. You may invest in several different fertilizers or just go with plain compost from your own bins. Installing soaker hoses under the mulch around major features, like trees and bushes, can help you make the watering and irrigation process simpler and cleaner.
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