Prepare For Summer with Early Spring DIY Cleanup Tips

Prepare For Summer with Early Spring DIY Cleanup Tips

Spring has sprung! Are you eager to get out into your yard after a long Midwestern winter?

Spring cleanup makes for less work during Summer, when you’re most likely to want to spend your time relaxing and enjoying the outdoor living space you’ve created. When the snow and frost is finally gone for good, get prepared for all the long days and warmer nights ahead.

Now it’s time to rake out any fallen leaves that have accumulated since Autumn, as well as clear out other dead foliage. After the chance of frost has passed, last year’s mulch can also be removed.

Here’s a list of more early Spring gardening tips from

  • Cut back ornamental grasses, prairie-style borders and autumn-flowering perennials.
  • Prepare beds and borders for planting; weed and dig over the soil; add organic matter where appropriate.
  • Prune late-flowering shrubs, early summer-flowering clematis, and roses.
  • Apply a granular fertilizer around shrubs, trees and perennials.
  • Sow half-hardy annuals indoors.
  • Pot up plug plants indoors.
  • Lift and divide established clumps of perennials.
  • Plant hardy grasses.
  • Regularly deadhead spring-flowering bulbs and bedding plants.

If your patio furniture has been out all Winter, or if it wasn’t cleaned before putting it into storage months ago, now’s the time to spruce up that too! First dust off any dirt or debris.

  • Plastic or wrought iron furniture can be wiped down with a cloth and a mixture of non-abrasive dish detergent and water.
  • Fabric items like cushions and umbrellas should be spot cleaned.
  • Use a soft scrub brush and a mild oil-based soap and water for wicker or wood.

If you think your yard has a lot more potential – and you want to be able to spend more quality time in it –  call us for a consultation! Whether it’s adding new trees, an outdoor kitchen, raised flowerbeds or a fire pit, we can help you realize your outdoor living dreams.


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