Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Garden And Yard

With the snow and ice melting away, it is becoming clear how disheveled your yard is, thanks to the winter's wild storms. Now, you're faced with the fact that your yard needs a major spring clean up

To ready yourself and your yard for spring, it is only reasonable that you carry out a thorough spring yard clean up. A complete cleanup of your yard will do so much more than help you prepare for the coming season. It will save you all of the stress that you would have needed to encounter later on.

Here are some ideas that'll help and inspire you as you start the cleaning process.

Step 1: Remove the debris.

If your trees suffered from winter's seemingly nonstop wind, snow and rain, a great way to begin your cleaning is by collecting all scattered sticks and fallen branches. If you live in a town where they don't pick lawn debris, often you may want to ask around if any spring collection days have been scheduled. If not, find out whether there's a nearby drop-off location where you can deliver your lawn debris. To make things easier, turn your lawn dirt into mulch. You'll easily be able to rent a wood-chipper from most nearby gardens or even hardware stores.

Step 2: Rake dead leaves and twigs.

As much as the leaves from last year will make excellent compost, you don't want them sitting on your grass and keeping them from receiving adequate sunlight. Therefore, it is your job to rake your yard and garden beds thoroughly and get rid of all fallen leaves. Even if you don't intend to compost, you can always make investigations about whether or not your town will be making the necessary arrangements to collect bagged leaves.

While you're at it, it is also a good idea to remove pine cones as well as any other instances of nature's refuse. Unless they are first shredded, pinecones won't break down too easily in a compost bin. If you're a creative person, you can opt to use them in craft projects. For instance, you can use them to make kissing balls. If you're not the crafty type, get the pinecones disposed of.

Step 3: Prune and trim

Having picked fallen branches and gotten Rid of leaves and twigs, proceed to prune back all weather-worn hedges and bushes. Also, don't forget to prune all perennials that look overgrown. You will also want to cut trees limbs as well as branches that are already damaged if you're tall enough to reach them. But you're free to invite a professional tree-trimmer to handle all the trimming that you can't do on your own.

Step 4: Map out landscaping and garden plans

Perhaps you will like to make some few changes to landscaping that you currently have. Make a rough sketch of your lawn, highlighting the actual type of trees, plants, and shrubs that you'll like to have in it. Even if you'll be planting yourself, it is always best that you seek the help of a landscaper or gardener before going ahead to make the final decisions or buy anything.

Step 5: Start planting

Examine the planting dates on the new seeds you've purchased. If you find any plant that can survive the still chilly nights of early spring, go ahead and plant them in the ground. Early spring offers the perfect condition for trees and shrubs to be installed. At this time you can also plant perennial flower borders, as long as they're hardy perennials. You will need to wait till the last frost date has passed for your region before planting annuals and tender perennials,


The trick to the successful completion of your spring cleanup is to keep your mind on the end reward. Once you're able to clean your yard, you'll have a neat, well-groomed yard where you can plant and grow crops successfully. You will also be able to make all the necessary changes to your garden that you've wished to make for so long. When you think about it, spring cleanup for your yard or garden is an activity that is worth it.