Even the most green fingered amongst us can get lazy with our outdoor spaces. Especially during the winter months when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the temperature drops. It’s not all too surprising that we’d rather spend our time cuddled up indoors with a hot drink in front of the television rather than rooting around in wet mud and dirt. But the Spring is fast approaching and chances are that you’re going to want to spend more time in your backyard space as time goes on. So, what can you do to repair the damage from the harsh winter months and create the perfect backyard space? Here are a few steps that can help you to achieve this!
Creating the Perfect Backyard In Time for Spring
Scouring the Grass
The first step that you need to take when it comes to getting back on top of your backyard is to scour the grass. This is particularly important if it has become overgrown. Long grass can hide all sorts and you don’t want to run a lawn mower over it without knowing what lies beneath. There could be large rocks or pieces of debris. Neighbours’ children could have thrown or flown toys over your fence. So, take your time and check all areas of your grass. Remove any objects that could interfere with your lawnmowing.
Winter can be an extremely harsh time for local wildlife and, unfortunately, not all creatures will make it through this season. So, you may find that there are one or two dead animals in your outdoor space when you check around the grass. If this is the case, you will have to determine whether to remove the animal yourself or call Pest Control in to remove the animal on your behalf. If you can see an obvious cause of death – perhaps a cat or fox has visibly caught and mauled the creature, you can generally feel safe disposing of it yourself. You have different options – you could bury it or you could place it in the trash. Wear gloves and make sure to throw them away after. Alternatively, if you can’t identify the cause, the animal might have died of disease. In this case, it’s generally best to steer clear yourself and call in the professionals to carry out removal for you.
Mowing the Lawn
Now that you know the space is clear and safe, it’s time to get going. However, you might want to invest in a strimmer to cut down the bulk of the length of the grass you are dealing with. This can help to stop clogging up your mower. Rake the cut grass and dispose of it properly before heading in with the lawn mower. Then, mow nice, straight, clean lines up and down your grassy areas. Once you’re done, you can use the strimmer again to go around the edges of the perimeter.
There’s a pretty good chance that you’ll find a lot of weeds in your garden once you’ve mowed the grass and when you take a look at any flower bed spaces you might have. This is to be expected. Weeds establish themselves pretty quickly and if you turn your back on your garden for a week or so, you’re highly likely to return to them. Now, you need to tackle weeds properly. If you cut them down, they’ll just grow back. So, pull them. Make sure that you get the entire root. You can also make use of weed killer products to prevent their return.
Trees need pruning. This helps them to grow faster and stronger. But the majority of us aren’t all too familiar with the process of pruning and we may not have the necessary knowledge or equipment to do the job properly. Pruning away branches can potentially be dangerous, as there will be a fair amount of falling debris. So, it might be best to leave this job to the professionals. Hire a tree surgeon who will be able to safely complete the job to a high standard without damaging your trees in the process.
As you can see, you are likely to have a whole lot on your plate when it comes to repairing the damage that the winter months have done to your garden. So, get started sooner rather than later and your garden will be rearing and ready to go in next to no time!