Discover how prepping your yard for spring now will give you a gorgeous outdoor space to enjoy for months.[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Ryobi. All opinions and photography are our own and are not influenced by Ryobi. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog.]
Spring is here! And it’s time to start working in the yard. You want to act now so you can enjoy a beautiful, lush yard landscape this summer and into the fall season. I’ve been outdoors most of this past week working on our home. I find it’s easier to clean up the yard now, before things begin to grow and flourish. If you struggle with prepping your yard for the new season, I’ve partnered with Ryobi to share all my best tips. Learn where to start, what to do and which tools will help you get the job done right!
Clean Up First
Look for garbage that winter may have blown into your yard. And this is the best time of the year to remove any weeds you spy as well. You want to remove them in the spring before they have time to germinate all over your yard.
We always get lots of weeds in our landscape rocks. And with all the rain we have been getting in Colorado, it’s been hard to keep ahead of them at times.
Check the Lawn
Start by getting the lawn mower blade sharpened. You also want to lower the lawn mowers blades when you mow to help remove old, dead grass and make way for the new grass of summer.
Now is also a great time to check the lawn for thin or patchy spots that will need some seeding. Rake over the patchy areas to break up the ground and then apply a mixture of compost with some seed. Spread the mixture across the patchy areas and distributed as even as you can. Keep the area moist for about 10-14 days by watering 5-10 minutes once a day.
We are going to be reseeding the grass around our garden as soon as we relocate some of the landscape rock. That area of the lawn got really beat up!
Spread the Mulch
Add new mulch to trees, plants, shrubs and gardens as needed. But make sure to add fertilize to new plants and shrubs before laying down the mulch. If re-mulching a bed, remove some of the old mulch first. Sometimes mulch has been added to the beds three to four times, so it’s a good idea to take out some of the mulch that has built up over the years.
I just planted some new knockout roses to our backyard fence and adding mulch around the base is a great way to help control the moisture for the flowers.
Lastly, Prune Where Needed
An important step when prepping your yard for spring is to inspect your tree branches. Prune any that may be touching your home’s roof or ones that may be dead or damaged.
We have a ton of Aspen around our home, in both front and back yard. So every spring and fall we trim as needed. If you happen to have fruit trees, it’s best to prune them before they bloom. Where as with flowering trees and bushes, it’s good to prune after.
If you are looking for a great pruning tool, my husband and I really loved this cordless pole saw. It made great cuts and it was easy to handle. Ryobi’s Expand-it feature is so convenient too. We just detached the saw and the reattached the string trimmer to quickly trim grass around our trees and fencing as well.
With theses simple steps and right tools, our yard now looks so much better. And I can’t wait to see how it grows into a beautiful outdoor retreat later this summer. I little yard work now, and a whole lot of relaxation later, right?!