Even though most people tend to clean up their gardens in springtime, having a beautiful garden actually requires a lot of different year-round work. There are some specific tasks that we do in spring, summer, autumn and winter. These tasks are also highly dependent on the climate you live in – diverse climates require distinct cleaning tasks at varied times. Taking care of your garden mostly refers to nurturing plants, trees, flowers and shrubs but it also includes maintaining other aspects of your garden such as the patio furniture. If you’re interested in making your garden look stunning in no time, take a look at some useful tips for maintaining a beautiful yard.
1. Start with removing mulch and pruning your perennials
When it comes to some essential cleaning tasks for the garden, we ought to start with removing mulch and pruning perennials. This means that you need to remove and compost any dead yearly plants because they are not going to bloom again and they’re just going to get in your way. Many perennials tend to look really ugly in springtime. Some of them favor being left standing and some of them are dormant in the ground during the cold winter period. When is the right time to prune them? Well, by definition, when you see a small new seedling peeking from the stem of the plant. The moment you notice a new plant, it is safe to start removing mulch as well as pruning the plant all the way to the ground. The same goes for shrubby plants that have woody stems – you need to cut them down to the ground as it is the only way they will grow new branches. Make sure you wait until there is no danger of frost destroying the plants.
2. Continue with trimming deciduous and semi-deciduous plants
In some parts of the world, some perennials are never fully latent, but they do require some tidying up in springtime. Various plants keep their leaves even during winter. Spring is the ideal time for trimming the foliage that allows for the new one to grow. Nevertheless, deciduous plants or evergreens are such plants that don’t actually require that much work. However, there are some things you can do to make them grow big, beautiful and strong. One of the things evergreens appreciate is being fertilized in the spring as it is the period when they are actively growing. Provide food that is specially labeled as food for evergreens.
3. Remember to clean up your patio furniture
As taking care of your garden can’t be done in a day or two, in order to get some rest from the plants and trees, you can switch to a different type of garden cleaning task – cleaning up your patio furniture. This is also one of the activities that help keep your garden neat and spotless. Start with rinsing your furniture with water (if the material allows it, of course) and soap. Give it a nice polish and place it wherever you want in your garden. If you have a porch or a patio, make sure to sweep it off first, as it is surely full of debris and leaves. And if this seems like too much work for you, you can always make your life easier by hiring cleaning services that will take care of your porch or patio.
4. Get rid of annoying weeds
Weeds can not only make your garden look ugly and unattended but they can also cause you a lot of damage. So, it’s really important to pull them out of the ground, preferably in spring, but also any time you notice them. It is quite easy to pull them out from the wet ground in springtime. When you finish pulling them out, it would be a good idea to cover the soil with mulch to prevent them from growing.
5. Learn to mow the grass properly and promptly
The best time to mow the grass is when it is 2 to 3 inches tall. It’s important not to cut it too soon nor too late, as it causes problems in either case. Remember to clean the filter and spark plugs on your lawnmower, as well as to sharpen the mower blade every month or two.
Maintaining a garden is a tiring and yet fulfilling job, but it simply can’t be done at once. So, spread your garden cleaning tasks to a few days every week. In that way, you’ll never have too much work to do, and your garden will look well-kept at all times.
Ayla Anderson is an avid reader and an enthusiastic blogger who writes articles on home improvement, business, Family and beauty. She is also an MBA student who spends much of her time giving advice to newly small businesses on how to grow their businesses.