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How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Spring

Tips for Maximizing the Health and Growth of Your Lawn

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get your outdoors ready for hosting special events and family gatherings. In the coming weeks, set some time aside to evaluate your home and put together a plan for spring cleanup. It will give your property a huge advantage in the spring and summer months.

Clean Up Winter Debris

This is ideally the first step to get your backyard ready. Remove dead or fallen branches from your home. Rake up any piles of leaves or yard debris to let the ground dry and get sunlight. Check your gutters to make sure they’re clear of leaves and dirt. It’s also a good time to evaluate water runoff away from the home. If you spot any standing puddles or broken gutters, you should consult with a professional.

Spring Pruning Tips to Keep Your Landscaping Looking Fresh

Prune Shrubs and Clean Up Landscaping

You don’t have to cut back all plants. Perennials should be evaluated and trimmed, if necessary, but plants like azaleas and rhododendrons should not be cut. Test branches that look like they’re in danger of falling. Check around the trunks of trees for any winter damage. Check your beds and clean them up as necessary. This will help you prep for spring mulching.

Begin Fertilizing

Now that your lawn is dry and clear of debris, it’s time to apply pre-emergent pesticides and fertilizer. This year, the country will be host to millions of cicadas hatching. It’s critical to ensure the health of your plants and shrubs before they emerge. While they aren’t harmful to plants, their sheer numbers can be a nuisance.

Outdoor Oasis with pool

Check Patios, Decks and Stonework

Evaluate your front walkway, back patio or deck, and any stone walls or other outdoor structures. Over time, they will need maintenance to keep them in good working condition. If you need any advice on whether it’s time to renovate your outdoor living areas, contact a licensed landscaping and masonry firm with a solid portfolio of work.

Enjoy the Sun

After a long winter, enjoy time spent with friends and family in your own private backyard space!