March can be an unpredictable season for Colorado, but it is a great time to get out the clippers and start tidying up your yard. This year, especially, is proving to be a warmer, quicker Spring than usual. Already having hit 80 degrees, the urge to get ready for Spring is stronger than ever. Below are some tips to get your landscape ready for Spring, BBQ's and warm summer nights.
It's Time to Prune
New buds are blooming, so get rid of dead branches to make room for new buds.
Cleaning up these dead branches can be done with a handsaw and shaping hedges can be done with a pruner or electric shears. Cleaning up these bushes can help give new life, by allowing sunlight to get all the way down to the soil.
Allow New Growth
Spruce up your plants by cutting back perennials or pulling up expired plants from last season. This will help make room for new additions to the flower bed and help current plants thrive.
This can be easily done with sharp pruners.
It is also important to remove any dead leaves or other foliage that are covering your plants. Add new mulch and cover beds with fertilizer so that plants can get nutrients when it rains.
Tend to the Lawn
After a long winter, your grass might not be in the best of shape. Remove any landscape that has been damaged from plows or salt. Next, plant new seeds and keep them moist with compost. Generally March is the perfect time to add fertilizer and see a transformation start to take place.
Get Ready for the Patio
Clean up your backyard seating area by sweeping gravel or sand back into crevices and removing any leaves, pine cones or dead foliage covering the deck. It never hurts after a long winter to refresh the crevices with new filler to help give your deck or flagstone patio an even and crisp look.
A pressure washer is a great tool to clean up the back deck easily and quickly.
Replace the Fence
If you fence has become damaged from rot or destruction, it's a good idea to tend to it in the Spring. A mixture of water, bleach and liquid soap can clean off the fence. Wood Epoxy is good for patching rotted areas and sanding down wood in order to allow new paint to adhere easily and evenly.
Keep the Pest Out
Prevent the pests now and save a headache later. In the Spring, it is suggested to use preemergent herbicide on crabgrass. As for protecting your gardens, make sure to have fencing in place to deter the curious rabbit or deer who might find your flowers tempting. An easier solution might be to investigate the plants that these animals aren't drawn to.
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