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Spring Maintenance Must Do’s

It’s finally here!  Spring is in the air and we couldn’t be happier to see the end of the cold weather.  Now it’s time to take a look around and see what a toll the snow and ice took on the yard.  If you’re looking forward to getting your patio on, it’s important to get spring maintenance underway as soon as possible so that your property is ready in time for that first BBQ of the season.

So, where do you get started?  Here are a few must-do’s to get the most out of your backyard this year:

  1. Revive Your Lawn. Spring is a great time to rake and de-thatch your lawn.  This lifts up any old dead grass and debris, and allows, water, air and sunshine to get to the healthy grass below.  Aerating your lawn helps as well – especially in high traffic areas.  Next, be sure to fertilize your lawn, and apply seed in any bare patches for even growth.
  2. Spruce Up Your Trees and Shrubs. Over the winter months, snow and ice can accumulate on trees and shrubs, causing some damage and breakage.  Make sure to prune in spring to remove any dead or broken branches to allow for healthy growth and more appealing greenery.
  3. Tend to Your Flower Beds. Now is the time to add mulch to your beds to help retain moisture and add visual interest.  You should also replace any perennials that did not survive the winter, and consider what annuals you want to add, if any.
  4. Plan any Backyard Upgrades. If you’ve been thinking about adding a retaining wall or a water feature, now’s the time to do it.  Construction on these projects is best done in the spring or late fall, when damage to existing landscaping can easily be repaired without impacting the short outdoor season.

If you need help with your spring maintenance work, planting suggestions or landscape construction, give the team at Okanagan Yard Works a call.  Our friendly professionals always deliver on quality, price and service.  Trust us for all of your landscaping needs.