Simple 6 Step Guide To Uplift Your Lawn This Spring
As the days warm, the frost thaws and flora and fauna begin to flourish, it’s time to welcome the season of spring. Spring is the perfect time for amateur or avid gardeners and homeowners to head outside and give the exterior of their home an uplift.
Following the winter months, it’s common for gardeners to give attention to rejuvenating their plants, while ignoring other important aspects of making the garden and exterior look aesthetically pleasing. It’s not just the plants but your whole garden that can benefit from a makeover and give you a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy over spring and summer.
With a bit of attention to detail and by following these six easy steps, you’ll soon have a lawn that you can enjoy and relax in after a long day at work.
Do a Complete Clean Up:
Before tackling anything else, take out rubbish and any unwanted items. This includes debris and garbage, but also dead plants, overgrown shrubs and weeds that may have appeared over winter.
Once you have taken away any rubbish, remove all plants that haven’t been able to survive the harshness of winter. Once you’ve pulled them from their pots and the ground, effectively dispose of them in the compost. When it comes to weeds be sure to be thorough, as leftover weeds can regrow, drawing nutrients away from other plants and creating a significant problem that becomes harder to deal with as time goes on.
Take the time to also cut or prune plants, as unruly foliage can not only impinge on the overall aesthetic of your garden but can damage the plant in the long run. Taking care of your existing flowers, bushes and trees will ensure they continue to grow healthily and last more seasons to come.
Work on Your Shades and Sheds:
As with plants, the harsh weather of winter can take a toll on exterior shades and sheds. Check all frames, walls and roofs to ensure there is no damage, and if there is you can either enlist the help of a contractor or make use of your local hardware store to fix the issue.
Once the structure is strong, you can add additional elements well-suited for the warmer months. This includes any netting or shading, or adding wood stains or paint for a final touch.
Reclaim Barren Areas:
After winter, it’s common that a lawn will have dry, barren areas where the grass has died. At times the grass will naturally replenish itself as spring arrives, however, particularly in severe cases you may have to replant some areas.
To do this, first remove the existing grass to ensure there is no difference in color or texture and your lawn will grow healthily and uniform. From here you can choose your preferred grass type and then lay this down. Remember, grass is one of the most important elements of your garden’s aesthetic appeal so it’s a good idea to take your time on this step.
Do a Comprehensive Reporting:
Unless in a natural environment, plants always need fresh soil and nutrients to survive. This is similar to the fact that you cannot keep growing the same crop in the same location for more than a couple of years, otherwise you will end up with a low quality, low yield produce.
Whether your plants are in pots or in the ground, replanting them in a new spot in your garden with healthy soil will give them a chance to gain more nutrients and thrive.
While replanting, it’s a good idea to look at the roots of the plants you’re working with and trim off any dead or unhealthy ones. This will also give the plants a healthier existence and a new lease on life.
Landscape and Edge Your Garden:
If you don’t want visitors stepping on your petunias, roses or even your fresh grass, you can build a paved walkway to guide them through your garden. Landscaping features such as a paved stone walkway can also ramp up the visual appeal of your garden.
In addition to a walkway, you can add garden furniture such as benches to give a more natural and cozy ambiance, making your garden inviting to anyone who visits.
You can also include some edging, such as stone or brick boundaries around specific plant varieties. Edging makes it easier for you to water and weed each plant, managing each specific variety and helping them flourish, while also giving a manicured look.
Looking After Your Lawn:
There are regular jobs you can do to maintain the health of your garden and lawn to make sure your work lasts throughout the upcoming year.
A good idea is to make a schedule on how you will water your plants, how frequently you will add new compost and what flowers or organic plants you will add in coming months. Proper planning goes a long way in making the garden easier to manage.
In addition, you can put up netting to prevent birds from rampaging through the garden and implement other pest control measures to take care of any unwanted guests that may venture into your property.
Your outdoor spring clean should be done with the goal of having a healthy, prosperous garden for you to continue to enjoy. Gardens are small eco-systems which can thrive and grow with a bit of attention, work and ongoing maintenance.
Taking the time to elevate your lawn and landscape will all feel worth it when you are able to walk around a beautiful, manicured garden every evening for the rest of the year.