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Spring Lawn Care Checklist: How to Clean Up Your Yard This Spring

Upstate NY winters can be rough on yards! When spring rolls around and we start spending a bit more time outside, our landscapes and gardens often look a bit worse for the wear.

Cleaning up your yard after a rough winter can be an intimidating task. Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve been living in your home for years, the yard work that greets you with the spring thaw can be quite a project.

Want to add a bit of extra curb appeal to your home this spring? Wondering where to begin when it comes to cleaning up your yard?

Not to worry! We have some tips and tricks to get you started with some spring yard clean up!

Spring Yard Clean Up Checklist

Cleaning up the yard after the winter may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Break the task down into a handful of tasks and suddenly it becomes much more manageable!

Here’s a spring lawn clean up checklist you can work you way through:

Take Care of Broken And Potentially Dangerous Branches

Heavy snow and ice can leave tree branches dangling or resting on roofs. When you start your spring yard work, be sure to look up and assess any branches that look like they could fall.

If possible, you can take care of removing these branches yourself – especially if they are relatively small and low to the ground. For large branches and tall trees, you may need assistance with branch removal and it may be in your best interest to contact a tree service to help you.

Trim Back Shrubbery

Shrubs can start to look a bit run down after winter. Start spring off by trimming back overgrown shrubs and removing dead branches. This will make room for and stimulate new growth, plus it will help your shrubs to look healthier right away.

Clean Up Sticks

Do a once-over of your lawn and pick up any sticks and branches that have fallen throughout the winter. You might be surprised just how much of a difference removing these branches will make, plus this will get your lawn ready for the first mow of the season. Break up some of the twigs and branches and add them to your outdoor kindling and firewood pile.

Rake Leaves

Yes, raking is a fall task, but it’s also something you should do in the early spring. Raking the lawn will help you to collect any leftover leaves and debris that were not picked up in the fall before the first snowfall. It will also help to aerate the lawn, which will help to prepare the soil and the grass for growth.

Reseed Bare Areas of Your Lawn

Winter can be rough on your lawn, especially in certain areas. If you’ve noticed bare spots that have developed or areas along the edge of your lawn where the snowplow has ripped up portions of your lawn, you’ll probably need to do some reseeding to help grass grow back.

Be sure to pick a grass seed that is well suited to thrive in your climate and geographic location. It’s a good idea to ask at a local home improvement or garden store to be sure you’re purchasing the right type of seed.

Replace Mulch in Gardens and Flower Beds

During the spring thaw, melting snow tends to take some of your mulch along with it. This will likely leave the flower beds, gardens and shrubbery areas throughout your property looking a little bit sparse. Spring is a great time to revamp those areas with some fresh mulch.

Replacing and spreading mulch can be a bit time consuming, but doing so will make a huge difference in terms of freshening up your home’s curb appeal. It’s well worth it to set aside an afternoon or a weekend to tackle this project in early spring!

Start Planting Flowers and Vegetables

If you’re hoping for your flowers and vegetables to thrive during the spring and summer months, you’ll have to give them some TLC starting in the early spring.

Set aside some time to prune and care for existing plants in your gardens and get a start on the new things you’re planning to plant. You may have to get some of your plants started indoors, especially if frost is still in the forecast. Keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor over the next few months!

Set Up Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Prepping for winter involves putting away all of your outdoor furniture and protecting anything that could be damaged by snow and ice. Prepping for spring involves getting all of those items out and ready for use again!

In early spring, unpack and clean off your garden accessories and backyard furniture so it’s ready for use when the warm weather finally arrives. Your outdoor living space will be inviting and you’ll be glad it’s completely ready to enjoy when that first nice spring day comes!

Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal With Some Spring Yard Clean Up!

The beautiful spring weather will be here before we know it. Get your yard ready for spring with this spring lawn clean up checklist so you can enjoy each spring day to the fullest!

Looking for more ways to enhance your backyard this spring? Check out our list of design tips for improving your outdoor living space!

Interested in some fast and easy DIY projects that will leave your outdoor living space better than you found it this spring? Check out our post about 5 simple do it yourself backyard projects you can tackle this weekend!