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.

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space This Year!

If your yard feels uninspired, and doesn’t provide the welcoming retreat you’ve always hoped for, make 2019 the year you take your backyard from drab to fab!  Spring is just around the corner, so now is the time to plan some great upgrades to make your property more enjoyable for you and your guests.  The pros at Okanagan Yard Works have a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Install a Pergola. Pergolas provide a great deal of shade for hot summer days and they provide shelter as well.  Add some flowy curtains for colour and privacy, and complete your newly defined space with some comfortable seating or an outdoor dining set.  Creating a brand new entertainment area is as simple as that!
  2. Build a Deck. A new deck can invigorate your yard by providing entertaining areas and making good use of your space.  Multi-level decks can add functionality for hot tubs or above-ground pools – or even just to add interest to your property.  Decks can be built in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs and preferences, and there are many options for types of wood and stain to create the perfect look for your home.  Many homeowners choose to go with pine, but redwood, oak and even composite decking are all excellent choices as well.
  3. Create an Outdoor Kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are becoming really popular as homeowners realize the value of being able to prep and serve an entire meal al fresco without ever needing to leave their backyard oasis.  These features can be built with brick or stone, and can encompass both work space and entertaining.  Imagine a fully functioning barbecue area complete with counter space, a bar fridge and seating for simple and relaxed entertaining in style.

If want to get your family outside this summer to enjoy the full benefit of your property, give us a call for ideas and suggestions that can enhance your outdoor living space and beautify your home.  Our professional landscape team can help you transform your boring backyard into a decadent retreat.