Winter is finally fading away and it’s about time to get out the yard tools. You may want to get your lawnmower tuned up or replace the string on your weed wacker, but no matter what tasks are on your list, it’s time to prepare for warm weather and the yard work that comes with it.
Trees and bushes need some spring maintenance every year. As the Lansing and West Michigan weather begins to go sunny side up, it’s time to prune back any cold weather damage and clear away deadfall to encourage new growth. It’s also a good idea to cut back lower branches that stick out at eye level around high traffic areas and to pick up larger sticks so they are not thrown by your lawnmower.
Insects, pets, and rodents are also excited to see the spring sun push back the cold weather. Before protecting your yard and plants against pests, know what kind of 4 or 6-legged enemies you may be up against. A little research goes a long way and learning about the most common above or below-ground pests for your location can help you select an effective lawn or landscaping treatment.
The same thing can be said about the variety of plants that grow in your state. It’s easy to find great advice online from knowledgeable sources like bigger hardware stores, so familiarize yourself with the green stuff surrounding your house and see what the experts have to say. It’s also a good idea to verify your new-found knowledge with some local experts before diving in, so head to your local nursery or talk to the neighbor with the green thumb for the very best advice.
Make it rain – it’s time to re-commission your sprinkler system. Once the chance of a hard freeze is over, it’s time to blow out any biodegradable, non-toxic antifreeze or just plain air that’s been used to protect the underground components of your sprinklers. Since the system can freeze and crack, the sprinklers should have been prepared for the winter months.
Modern winterizing liquids are environmentally friendly but it’s still a good idea to crank up the water and clear out any left-overs from the entire network of feeders and sprinkler heads. Let the system run until clear, clean water is flowing freely and no air pockets remain. That will also help you look for leaks or find heads that need to be replaced.
Spread the mulch, spread the fertilizer, and spread the love for all your Eastbrook Homes green stuff. Whether you want a better looking, longer lasting lawn, or want to plant new decorative shrubs or flowers in the backyard this year, now’s the time to get a little dirty. Drag out the tools, fire up the lawnmower, and get ready for the warm weather.
If you are planning to build a new home this year or you just want more information on the available designs, please contact us to discuss your options. At Eastbrook Homes, we want to give you more home for the money.