Tackling Your Yard This Spring

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By February and March, many who experience snowy winters are dreaming about sunny days in a lush, green back yard. To make sure your outdoor space meets its potential and fulfills those dreams, several projects must be started as soon as the snow melts and long before the trees begin budding. A Greensboro equipment rental company recommends taking the initiative to complete these important early spring projects to lay the foundation for a successful and beautiful growing season.

  1. Pruning: Almost anything with vines or branches can be persuaded into a more aesthetically pleasing shape with some well-timed and well-done pruning. Early spring is the perfect time to direct the growth that will soon be occurring, whether with a small hedge clipper or a chain saw. From small shrubs to large trees, you can add shape and increase the plant’s health with an early spring prune.
  2. Clearing: The back to back combination of fall leaves and winter snows can result in quite a mess when everything melts. Lawns, plants, and flowers need space, air, and light to grow, so early spring is the time to make sure dead leaves, branches and other debris aren’t suffocating new growth. Lawns, gardens, flower beds, and other landscaped areas need a vigorous raking or dethatching to clear away all the accumulated materials that might hamper their health.

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3. Washing: The time between accumulated snow and flowering plants is probably the time of year when your home, deck, and walkways are most accessible. This makes early spring one of the best times to treat these surfaces to a power wash without having to worry about crushing the petunias with a ladder. In addition, snow removal and salt can leave driveways dirty, and the grime that ice and snow have collected has probably been deposited on your siding and deck, so a power washing is likely in order anyway.

4. Repairing: Repainting, re-varnishing, resealing, patching, and fixing all make great spring projects. Making sure all of your structures, from benches to decks to fences to walls to fire pits to swings, are in their best shape well before you begin using them again. This will get these projects out of the way so that you can focus on green and growing things when the time comes, and it also assures that your outdoor features are sturdy and ready to use on the first sunny day. Winter weather can be hard on both the structure and appearance of outdoor items, so let spring be your annual reminder to give them all a check.

5. Enhancing: If you were considering a new retaining wall, raised flower bed, or an extended fence, consider getting it done in spring. Adding these features early on will help you envision your yard and allow you to seed and plant accordingly. Projects like this are bound to disrupt grass growth, so if they are completed early, you can re-seed right away so that the new grass grows with the rest.

This may sound like a busy springtime schedule, but after a winter spent inside, you are probably eager to get outdoors. One great way to get started on these spring projects is to take a trip to your local equipment rental center and peruse the equipment you will need. These seasonal improvements don’t need to break the bank, since you can rent all the tools and machines they require. With this list of spring projects and the right equipment for the job from you will be ready to start your spring off right.

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WiccanSage 2 years ago

Excellent. I don't have a yard, I have a big screen porch container garden on which I grow mostly herbs and veggies. But I love watching others prepare and work the garden and I love reading about gardening so I enjoyed this very much. Nice hub.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much WiccanSage!


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Excellent job. My early tomatoes are about ready to produce and we have already harvested carrots. There are some perks to living in the coastal desert ;-0 But it is ten thirty am and about to reach ninety ;-(


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Ericdierker! How great that your garden is already producing, Enjoy! We're still in the early stages here on the East Coast and it's much cooler right now with the bad storms about to come through.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I've spent the last week doing just some of these things, before the rain set in.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

The pollen has been really awful here so we are waiting until after the rain :)


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub and how refreshing it is to get all sorted outside. There's nothing I love better and your hub inspires me onwards even more. Great work.

Eddy.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Eddy! It is a good feeling to get the yard spruced up for Spring :)


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have been doing all this and HP has barely seen me in days! I have some catching up to do. ^+


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Oh that is me! I need to get out there and do some pruning!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jackie! It will be me this weekend :)


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Audrey for stopping by! I will be out this weekend making use of all these tips myself!


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CelebrateUSA 2 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Better Yourself,

The last thing I ever get to in the spring is the cleaning of the patio. After all the trees do their shedding, finally, I can clear the cement of all its debris. I can proudly report today, that the patio is now officially open and I sit and enjoy and watch the many birds and bumble bees flutter from plant to plant. All the work, all the sweat, it is truly worth it for those few moment most akin to heaven.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Agreed CelebrateUSA! It's always so nice to just sit and enjoy a clean patio!! Well done for being super productive this weekend, we will probably give our patio another cleaning next weekend. We have pine trees that are still shedding :(


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Great ideas!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much AudreyHowitt!

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