Now that the gloomy days of winter are just about behind us, it’s time for some fun in the sun! After all, research shows that spending time outdoors can improve both your mental and physical health.
And there’s no better place to start than right in your own backyard.
However, it’s only natural to have neglected your yard a bit during the winter months. Follow these simple yard clean up tips to get your outdoor space ready for the months ahead.
7 Summer Yard Clean Up Tips
All it takes is a little elbow grease to get your yard looking great. Get started now and you’ll be soaking up the sun in no time at all.
1. Remove Trash
To start your lawn clean up, gather anything that you’re ready to throw away or recycle. This can include old patio furniture, scraps of wood, a dirty birdbath, or anything else you no longer need.
Then, you can either remove or donate it yourself or hire a company to do the heavy lifting for you.
2. Prepare Your Lawn
A dirty lawn can make your whole yard feel unkempt. Rake up old leaves and remove fallen branches to clear it out. Depending on your climate, you may need to reseed and fertilize your lawn.
If not, then you can give it a good mow and remove weeds that have begun to grow.
3. Prune Bushes and Trees
Overgrown bushes and trees can become unruly and may even become a hazard to small children running around playing. Trim back any branches that have grown over walkways in your yard.
You can also remove any dead or dying branches to help your plants thrive.
4. Replant Your Garden
Clear out your old garden beds of debris and dig up any dead plants from last year. Then, plant new flowers for the year with fresh soil. You might even expand your gardening skills to include a few easy-to-grow fruits, herbs, or vegetables.
Don’t forget to replace old mulch while you’re preparing your garden.
5. Prepare Patio Furniture
Whether you’ve stored it away for the winter or kept it outside, your patio furniture will need a refresh for the new season. Wash any fabric, cushions, and pillows according to manufacturer directions.
Then rinse down the furniture with a hose and let it dry in the sun.
6. Clean Your Deck
If you have a deck, spray it down with a pressure washer or high-powered hose to remove the dirt and grime from the last few months. Be sure to inspect it for termites if it’s made out of wood.
You may also consider spraying for pests and bugs so you and your family will be safe once you’re spending more time outside.
7. Refresh Your Fence
Similarly, you’ll want to spray down your fence with a pressure washer or hose to get it nice and clean. If your fence is made of painted wood, consider repainting it or hiring professional painters to update it for the summer.
Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor
You did the hard part of all the yard clean up, now it’s time to enjoy it. Kick back in your yard with your favorite book and a glass of lemonade or fire up the grill for a family barbecue night. You earned it!
And don’t forget to keep checking out our site for more useful tips to keep your lawn looking great.