Preparing Your Yard For Spring

photo by gracey, morguefile.com

photo by gracey, morguefile.com

The sun is shining and the birds are beginning to sing their sweet songs. The flowers are pushing their heads up through the fresh soil announcing the arrival of spring. So what can you do to prepare your yard for spring? There are several things that you can do to ensure that your yard receives the proper start to a fantastic year.

Flower Beds

*Rake-Clean up the leftover debris from last year. This will include items such as leaves, twigs and any garbage that has blown in during the winter.

*Uncover any plants such as roses you have protected during the winter.

*Maintenance pruning-clean up any winter damage.

*Amend the soil-add compost to create a rich soil for this year’s plants.

*Fertilize-choose a slow release fertilizer and add it to all of your flower beds, roses and perennials for a healthy start.

*Add pre-emergent weed preventers-this ensures weed-free gardens throughout the summer.

Lawns

*Apply a humic acid based fertilizer such as Natural Guard Soil Activator. This can be found at your local garden center. Applying this at the beginning of the season aids in nutrient enhancement without stimulating premature growth.

*Mow-if you allowed your grass to grow long during the fall, an early maintenance cutting is recommended.

*Apply a pre-emergent crabgrass and weed preventer. This will cut down on or reduce the amount of weeds that will develop in your lawn throughout the season.

Trees

*If you have ornamental trees, then pruning is recommended in the spring.

*Prune-do any necessary repair pruning that might have come from winter damage. This is also a great time to thin out any excess growth in your trees.

*Apply a dormant spray-this will depend on which type of tree you have. But a dormant spray will help to control any overwintering insect eggs and funguses.

*Fertilize with a tree and shrub specific fertilizer. This will give your trees a great and healthy start for the year as they wake up from their winter slumber.

Taking these general steps in the spring will help you to have a yard you can be proud of during the summer months. Where do you begin when you are preparing your yard for spring?