As soon as the weather begins to warm up, it's time to start getting your yard ready for spring! By clearing out the harsh winter damage and preparing for the new growing season, everything will be ready to enjoy the outdoors all season long.
Start by raking up any remaining leaves that survived the winter, and laying down mulch in your flower beds and beneath the hedges. A thin layer of mulch will protect plants from drought and keep weeds at bay. Turn your outside faucets back on, checking for damage. If you plan on hiring a lawn care service to maintain your property and mow your lawn, now is the time to renew your annual contract.
Your gutters control the flow of rainwater on your house, protecting your roof, siding and foundation. Clogged gutters can cause a roof to leak or water to infiltrate your house. Clean them at least twice a year (or more frequently, depending on how many trees surround your property and hang over your roof). Also, check for damage. If you clean them yourself, be careful on that ladder.
Lawns and hedges.
Reseed your lawn, filling in bald patches before the summer heat. Plant your perennials, and give them plenty of water. Later in the spring, when the grass turns bright green again and the lilacs bloom, it is time to fertilize the lawn, although you may not need to fertilize as much as you think.
Consider outdoor home improvement projects.
Many contractors are busier than bees during the summer months. Now is the time to lock them in for your outdoor home improvement projects. If you have plans to build an outdoor living area or paint the fence, get bids now so you can schedule the jobs for the months ahead of summer.