Winter is finally ending after having its seemingly never-ending winter storms and squalls. And now that your yard is emerging from snow and ice, you can start to plan for any updates and repairs you need to perform your landscaping and yard. To help you get started and to boost your yard's appearance and appeal, here are some recommendations to help you get your yard ready for spring and repaired after winter's damage.
Repair Lawn Damage
The warmth of spring will begin to warm up the soil in your yard, and your lawn will start to come out of hibernation and grow in. However, often patches of dead areas can emerge in your lawn, either due to freezing damage, insect problems from last fall, or ice melt damage from winter's snow removal.
Take some lawn seeds appropriate for your climate and apply them onto the bare spots. You can purchase them from a local landscape supply company or home garden center in your area. Make sure you use seeds that will blend in well with your existing lawn so you don't have spots of varying lawn in its appearance. A garden center expert can help you find the right lawn seeds for your lawn's repairs.
When you approach repairing your lawn early on in the spring season, it will give the seeds time to germinate and grow in thickly by the middle of summer. Be sure you rake up the soil in the bare spots you are seeding and keep them watered and moist continually for the first ten to fourteen days.
Update Landscaping Beds
As you plan which new plants you place in your landscaping areas to replace any annuals from last year or perennials that didn't survive over the winter, you have a chance to repair the beds. The mulch covering the soils makes your bedding areas look attractive and even match your home's exterior, but they can look worse for wear after a hard winter.
Mulch can fade and lose its color and can also break down into the soil, so it needs to be replenished. You should keep a mulch layer at approximately three inches thick for a good erosion and soil protection. Place it around your newly planted vegetation and other existing trees, shrubbery, and plants. If you have older mulch that has faded, remove it and replace it with new fresh mulch.
Mulch is readily available in the growing months, and you can find it bagged from a local supplier or landscape professional. They can provide it to you in larger loads if your landscaping requirements are larger and you have more areas of coverage.