Autumn is the time to prepare your lawn and garden for a winter’s rest. Our Fall Yard Work Checklist helped you to do just that. In contrast, Spring is when you get your plants ready for the growing season! So, follow our Spring Yard Work Checklist to prepare your lawn and garden for a great summer.
Top 3 Spring Yard Work Jobs
Spring cleaning isn’t just for indoors. While you’re dusting and airing out the house after a long Western NY winter, don’t forget to take the spring clean-up outdoors too. Use our spring yard work checklist to get your landscape summer-ready!
1. The Lawn
Firstly, check on your lawn. While grass won’t start growing in our area until April, now is the time to prepare it for the new season. Hopefully, you followed our tips for fall clean-up, and cut your lawn short and cleared away leaves last year. In this way, you’ll have avoided the worst of ‘snow mold’ die-off. However, in spite of your best efforts, leaves, limbs and other debris will have settled on your lawn over the winter. So, begin by picking up sticks and raking up leaves. Not only does this clean-up your lawn raking also de-thatches your grass. This is essential for a healthy lawn.
2. The Perennial Beds
Next, prep your flower beds. Here too, it is time to remove any leaf build-up from the winter. Also, if you left stalks and leaves to overwinter, it is time to cut them back. Likewise, any ornamental grasses you let stand through winter, should now be cut back to a height of 2-3 inches.
In addition to cutting back last year’s growth, take the time to pull any weeds you find. Taking action early can prevent the year’s first weeds from setting seed. In this way, you’ll reduce the number of weeds in your flower beds all growing season.
3. Patios & Outdoor Furniture
Lastly, take a look at patios, decks, and outdoor furniture. Chances are they took a bit of a beating over winter. So, start by cleaning metal and plastic patio furniture with warm water and a generous amount of liquid dish soap. Then rinse with the hose. If needed, use a nylon scrubbing brush to wash tough areas, and rinse again. For wicker and rattan furniture, moisten a soft cloth with mild soapy water, then wipe off the furniture’s surface. You may need to remove dirt in the grooves with a toothbrush.
Next, attack any mildew on your deck. Use a solution of 2 cups of liquid chlorine bleach and 2 1/2 tablespoons of powdered laundry detergent in 1 1/2 quarts of warm water. Fully saturate any stains with the solution and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, scrub the area with a stiff broom and rinse thoroughly.
Finally, you can brighten your patio using baking soda and vinegar! Start by clearing away debris and rinsing the area with the hose. Then mix a cup of baking soda with two cups of distilled white vinegar. Now, spread this over your concrete patio with a mop. Let it stand for 30 minutes before scrubbing with a nylon scrubbing brush.
Tree Service Webster NY
Does your spring yard work include tree work? Consider contacting an arborist in Webster. Or, let Arbor Tree Experts know! Established in Webster in 1985 we are a fully licensed and insured tree service in Webster. We offer tree removal, tree pruning as well as stump grinding. Likewise, we can help you choose the best trees for your unique landscape. Contact us for a quote.