The health of your yard begins in the spring. If you want a gorgeous yard all summer long, it is best to get started as soon as possible! Not only is a green lawn important, but updating your patio is just as crucial for those warm summer months. Adequate (clean!) space for entertaining is a must! Get started as soon as the snow thaws.
One of the first projects that should be undertook while preparing for the summer, is to trim all of your old tree branches. Getting rid of the old branches instantly uplifts your yard. Consider replanting any uprooted shrubs as well.
Cleaning your barbecue is often an overlooked part of summer preparation, but it is an extremely crucial one. Scrub the grill with a nylon sponge and some dish soap. Make sure the grill is completely dried. Take this time to stock up on charcoal and propane.
Getting ready for summer can be as easy as adding some color to your porch. Potted plants are a great way to add color to your yard. Adding a herb garden on your deck is another great way to liven up your space. Plus, you can use your herbs for grilling! What could be better?
Outdoor lighting is a summer staple. Summer means late nights outside, and is important to determine if your lighting made it through the winter. Test out those tiki torches, and replace old lighting if necessary. Solar powered torches may also be a great lighting idea for your outdoor space.
Believe it or not, cement gets dirty, and it makes sense! Power wash your walk ways, decks, and other surfaces. This will get rid of the grimy snow sludge or salt residue left on your walkways.
Ensure your lawn is healthy this summer and apply fertilizer to your grass early on. It is also extremely important to continue fertilization throughout the hotter months.
If you have a problem with bare patches throughout your lawn, it may be a good idea to re seed those problem areas! Oregon Live recommends spreading a mixture of grass and fertilizer over the bare area, water as needed.
Spring is the perfect time to create a composting pile. Use rotting leaves, and other dead foliage that you have cleaned up from around your yard. Keep the pile moist, and move it around every two weeks with a rake or pitchfork.
Update and repair any broken fence posts. This will help to keep pests away, and ensure that your yard stays as healthy as possible!
Plant flowers and other annuals right after the last frost of the season. This will ensure that they bloom at the best time!