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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Spring Cleaning for Your Yard

  • 10 tips to spruce up your yard for spring
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  • Spring cleaning extends beyond cleaning out closets. As winter temperatures change to warmer spring breezes, its time to think about spring cleaning your yard. Consider 10 tips to help get yards ready for spring and summer.
    1. Rake debris. Throughout the winter, debris blows into your yard. Items such as sticks, leaves and trash collect around the base of shrubs, trees and landscaping borders. Clear this debris away by raking and moving the organic material to compost and the trash to the garbage. According to the Colorado State University Extension Office, the Denver Solid Waste Management team has reported that “one-third to one-half of residential waste collection is plant yard waste.” Composting your yard waste saves landfill space.
    2. Reseed bare patches. After snow melts, you may discover your lawn has bare patches. Early spring is a good time to plant new grass seed or add sod to the bare patches. Before adding seed or sod, prepare the area by raking and loosening the soil.
    3. Remove dead branches. Remove any dead branches that have fallen throughout the during winter. In addition, prune any branches that are dead. Pruning those dead areas helps encourage new growth.
    4. Till garden and prepare soil. Vegetable gardens and flower beds need to have their soil turned and tilled before new seeds or seedlings can be planted. Remove any dead plants left over from last fall. Most can be added to the compost bin. However, do not compost perennial weeds—theyll just grow in your compost. Test your soil using a pH kit. If the soil acidity needs balancing, early spring is a good time to do that.
    5. Add mulch. During fall and winter, rain and snowstorms can wash away mulch in landscaped areas. Spring cleaning the yard means adding mulch to those areas with thin or bare spots.
    6. Clean out containers; prepare for new plants. Container plants add another visual element to your overall landscaping design. Early spring is the ideal time to remove any dead plants in the containers or debris caught in the container during the winter. Prepare the soil in the container for new plants, making sure it has ample drainage.
    7. Reconnect rain barrels. Spring brings many rainy days to areas throughout the United States. A rain barrel captures water from your homes downspouts that then can be used to water trees, shrubs and flowerbeds. Reconnect your rain barrels after the threat of freezing temperatures passes.
    8. Replace broken walkway lights. Walkway lights often become damaged during the winter when hit by a snow shovel or run over by a snow blower. Check each walkway light twice, during the day and at night, to determine which ones need to be replaced.
    Page 2 of 2 - 9. Replace broken landscaping borders. Landscaping borders also can be damaged during the winter during snow removal. Inspect each border and replace areas that are cracked or otherwise damaged.
    10. Tune up mower. Riding mowers and push mowers both can benefit from a spring tune-up. Many home improvement centers have tune-up services that include oil changes, spark plug replacements and blade sharpening. A tuned-up mower will cut the grass neatly, and your lawn will look better. Brought to you by: American Profile

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