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4 Helpful Maintenance Tips for Every Backyard and Garden

Having a nice backyard and garden makes inviting friends and neighbors easy and fun. So many memories are created in the backyards of those we love. However, yard care is also intensive. It takes a lot of time, energy, and dedication. Luckily, there are a few best practices to make your outdoor tasks more efficient and get your yard looking better than ever.

Control the Weeds As Soon As Possible

While it’s tempting to wait until the problem gets out of hand when exterminating weeds, it is best practice to start before it gets out of hand. While you can ignore the situation in the fall and winter seasons, you should begin minimizing weeds as soon as spring starts. Like most plants, weeds are fueled by the sun’s rays. Because of this, they only grow more and more aggressively in the long summer hours. Their roots will get longer and harder until it is nearly impossible to uproot them completely. Luckily, by starting early and following a few simple tricks, this can be prevented. You should never mow your lawn too short, but you should skip spring fertilization. Additionally, watch the water levels of your lawn. You do not want the soil to get too wet or too dry. Finally, take advantage of your lawn clippings and let them spread out in the yard. These tips will strengthen the quality of your lawn and reduce the possibility of weeds. You can also look for quality “pre-emergent” and “post-emergent” herbicides, which will deal with the weeds before and after their emergence.

Be Thoughtful About Your Lawn Maintenance

A common problem is that people mow their grass too close to the ground when they begin their lawn maintenance. They also mow their lawn far too soon in the season. It is best practice for your yard to allow it time to recover after a harsh winter climate. If your grass is around two to three inches, you should start mowing. Longer grass helps prevent weeds from taking root because it has stronger and lengthier roots that take up space. Adopting these two practices will really strengthen the quality of your lawn maintenance.

Have the Correct Leaf Cleaning Procedure

While this may sound strange, there are good and bad practices for cleaning up the leaves from your yard. Leaving a few leaves on the ground will help your lawn in the future because it enables pollinators to make it through the colder winter months. You should prevent heavy piles of leaves or any sections of your yard where leaves fall in thick layers. These piles only encourage mold and disease when the leaves begin to decay. You could start a compost pile with the leaves, or you could run over them with a lawn mower. Using a lawn mower shreds the leaves and breaks them down, which makes it easier for them to decompose cleanly. The decomposed leaves will then provide the soil with nutrients.

Loosen Compacted Soil

For gardens with flower beds, it is vital to loosen compacted soil after winter. The cold winter temperatures freeze the soil and contribute to its compaction. First, you should remove any debris, like heavy layers of leaves, from the flower beds. Thin layers are acceptable and will even help when they break down into nutrients. To loosen the soil from its compacted state, you need to choose tools based on the size of your garden beds. Small garden beds can be loosened with your hands or small hand rakes or spades, but larger areas probably require tilling.

With these tips, lawn maintenance and garden care will be easier and more efficient. Your yard should be a beautiful place that reflects the wonder of nature and your personality. While taking proper care of it does take time, it is incredibly rewarding, especially during spring.

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Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

 

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