Spring is slowly arriving and with it brings new spring growth and the constant battle to keep up on your yard's appearance. It does not take a great deal of work to keep your lawn, shrubbery, and landscaping borders looking sharp, but there are a few simple rules you can follow to make the process easier. Here are some recommendations that you can implement into your regular maintenance to make your yard look great.
Add a Layer of Mulch
After a winter season of snow, wind, and ice, your landscaping and mulch layer will likely emerge from the snow melt in a slightly more disheveled condition than last fall. Straighten and smooth your mulch with a rake, and add extra mulch anywhere it has begun to thin.
You can find mulch in bags at a local home improvement store or from a landscaping company. A local landscaper can also provide you with several yards of it, especially if you have a larger area of bedding soil that needs to be supplemented and added to.
Residential mulch is beneficial to your landscaping in several ways. First, it is important for keeping your soil moist, free of excessive weeds, as it provides a protective barrier against weed seed germination.
Next, mulch that is made of bark or wood chips will actually promote the health of your soil as it decomposes over time. The decomposition process puts essential nutrients back into the soil. And, the mulch will also keep your landscaping soil look uniform and rich in the dark coloring of wood mulch.
Trim and Edge Your Lawn
When your lawn first begins to grow in the springtime, it sends new lawn sprigs up and begins to thicken out your lawn. But soon, your newly growing lawn can quickly begin to grow over the edges of your landscaping and onto the sidewalk and driveway pavement, making your yard look shaggy and unkempt.
A weekly lawn mowing will only do so much to your lawn and even out the new growth. However, you also need to edge your lawn next to the pavement and along landscaping borders.
Use a lawn edger or the edge of a square shovel to cut off any excess growth and trim the vegetation along the pavement's edge. When you find any lawn growing into your bedding areas, pull it up for removal. If you have any bare patches in your lawn, you can replant these extra areas of growth into the bare spots to even out your lawn.