Looking for tips on how to give your yard a spring clean? You’re in the right place!
If you’re anything like us, you’ve jumped aboard the Marie Kondo ‘tidying up’ craze and are trying to clean up all aspects of your life. With spring and its beautiful weather finally upon us, there’s no better time like the present to Marie Kondo your yard and prepare it for the upcoming warmer months, in which you will inevitably be spending more time outside.
However, deciding where to start can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you’ve been neglecting your yard over winter and all the odd jobs you promised you were going to get around to have piled up. Lucky for you, we’ve put together a guide on how to give your yard a spring clean which will provide you with the perfect starting point.
Your Guide to Cleaning Your Yard
Look After Your Tools
If they haven’t been used in a while, it’s likely that some of your trusty tools may have started to rust a little or the blades may be a little dull. Give them a good clean, polish and, where needed, sharpen the blades, which will not only make your tools much easier and effective to use but will also make them much safer to handle. By applying some linseed, vegetable or mineral oil you can also help to prevent future rust on your tools.
Prune and Weed
If it’s been a while since you’ve stepped foot in your yard, you may find that weeds have spread, and your plants have grown a little wild. Take the time to pull out the weeds – making sure you get as much of the root as possible to prevent further growth – and trim back the plants, trees and hedges that may be taking up more space than you intended for them. Make sure not to over-prune, though, as this can harm rather than help the health of your plants.
Give Your Lawn Some Love
It’s important that your lawn looks good since it’s often the element that ties your entire yard together. However, the harsh winter months can be less than kind to your lawn, which may have resulted in some unattractive bare patches. For an economical way of solving this problem, you can sow some lawn seed. The issue with this is that takes time for grass to grow, so you’ll have to wait a month or two to see results. You also need to take into consideration your yard and the placement of the lawn when choosing seeds in order to choose a mix that will be suitable. If you opt for this method of lawn renewal, make sure to steer clear of it when mowing the rest of your lawn until the grass is at least 10-12cm tall.
If you’re impatient and would like a quick fix to your balding lawn, you can lay down some turf. However, you need to make sure you leave it undisturbed for a few weeks, so it has the opportunity to establish roots. You will also need to water it regularly until it has established, particularly as the weather warms up.
A spring clean of your yard is the perfect opportunity to turn your garden into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of. Spring is also the perfect time to plant new species as roots are able to establish quickly. After pruning and weeding it’s likely you’ll have opened up space to plant more, so make the most of this and plan a trip to your local nursery. Finish it all off by spreading some fresh compost and mulch around flowers, bushes and tree bases to give them some much-needed nutrients and help the soil underneath to stay moist.
The Finishing Touches
There may be a few other things specific to your home that you need to do in order to make your yard look spick and span. This might include cleaning and looking after your outdoor furniture, cleaning the pool and oiling the deck, or cleaning your roof, gutters or windows.
If just looking at the state of your yard fills you with dread and even our guide to cleaning it up doesn’t come close to the amount of work it needs, you might need some professional help to get it back to a condition that will make your proud. That’s where Everlast Services can come in. With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, we can easily get your yard back into tip top shape and you won’t even have to lift a finger.