Beautiful lawns and flower beds help set off a welcoming home. But without the proper
knowledge, maintaining an attractive landscape can be an annual challenge. While the year
is still young, there are steps you can take that will make your lawn and garden shine.
Test Your Yard Soil
A great lawn starts with healthy soil. To judge the quality of your soil, you should test the pH with a basic soil test kit. Before using the kit, you will need to collect 3 to 5 samples from around different parts of your yard. Once you do, remove debris and grass, and let the soil dry out before using your test kit. A healthy lawn should have soil with a pH level of about 6.5 or 7. To balance your soil, add the appropriate levels of alkaline or acidic components.1
Mulch Trees Regularly
Trees add lovely texture and shade coverage to yards. Overall, trees require little maintenance, beyond trimming dead branches. However, you can boost the health of your trees by mulching them regularly. Mulch provides a variety of benefits to your trees. It insulates soil to protect from hot and cold temperatures, holds water for moist roots, combats weeds, and prevents soil from compacting.2 To apply the mulch, start 1 to 2 inches away from the tree’s base and extend at least 3 feet outward, keeping the mulch layer 2 to 4 inches thick.
Prepare Flower Beds
Flowering beds are a bedrock of spring, but you can’t ensure bountiful bulbs and blooms without preparing the beds for growth. Your yard needs healthy soil to grow beautiful grass, and your flower beds need great soil to encourage healthy flowers. To prep the soil, you’ll want to loosen it first to at least 6 inches deep and then add organic matter, such as peat moss or compost, to the loosened soil. Mix the matter well into the soil until thoroughly combined, and then rake the top level flat.
Trim Bushes and Shrubs
Preparing your yard also means taking care of your bushes and shrubs. You can trim certain plants in the winter and early spring to prepare them for new growth. Trim semi-woody perennials like butterfly bushes by 4 inches during winter or early spring. This will promote optimal flower display with the season’s new growth. For broad-leaved evergreens like boxwoods, trim in mid-spring, removing branches with winter damage.3
Ultimately, maintaining a beautiful yard as you enter the spring season means paying attention to its health now. By following these simple tips, you will keep your yard and gardens healthy all year ‘round.
1. GardenClub.HomeDepot.com, 2020
2. ArborDay.org, 2020
3. GoodHouseKeeping.com, 2020
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.