Spring is one of our favorite times of the year. Coming into warmer temperatures and longer days makes everyone want to get out and about—including people who are interested in buying a home. Because everyone’s been hunkering down for the winter, it’s time to get outside and get things around the perimeter of your home in shape. You may just want to spruce up your home for the neighborhood, or you may be getting ready to put it on the market. Here are a few tasks to complete in your yard as we spring ahead into warmer days.
Preparing Flower Beds
Now is the time to start prepping your flower beds for a full and lush flowering season. You’ll want to start by removing and composting the dead annual plants that remained over winter. If perennials weren’t cut back in the fall, they are certainly going to be an eyesore, so look for new growth at the base and cut all the dead stuff back. If you have shrubby plants, you will need to cut back those branches, as new growth will only happen on the new branches.
Decide what you want your beds to look like. Spring is a great time to plant flower bulbs or seeds, to reap the benefits of color in your flower beds for the next six months. Depending on what you plan to do with your home, it may mean picking up some flowers that have already begun blooming, for you to plant. Some excellent flowers for springtime include: Pansies, iris, daffodils, and tulips. If you feel like your yard needs something a little more substantial, consider a flower shrub like lilac or azaleas. Don’t forget to finish off those beds with some quality mulch.
Preparing Your Yard
Spring means fast growing grass is soon on the horizon so you’ll need to carve out time to mow the lawn and pull weeds. These tasks are great ways to supplement your exercise regime…or start it back up again! It’s easiest to tackle weeds in the spring, once the ground has thawed but the soil is still moist. Mowing is best done in the early morning or late evening hours, when the temperatures are at their most comfortable.
Spring is also one of the best times to start grass from seed. Take some time to look for, and re-seed, bare spots in your yard and along the perimeter of your home. You’ll want to make sure that when you put grass seed down, you loosen up the soil so there is an opportunity for the seed to really take hold in the dirt. Distribute grass seed evenly and cover so it doesn’t just blow away or become bird food. You can use grass clippings or straw, just be sure to apply a light layer so the seed has an opportunity to grow.
We hope these tips for tackling your lawn and garden will get your home ready for the season of spring, whether it’s for your visual enjoyment or your potential buyer.