Spring is almost upon us here in Vancouver, Camas and Washougal, Washington. Due to the weather, you’ve probably been cooped up indoors all winter and your yard may need a little (or a lot) of attention to bring it back to its full potential. This task can seem daunting and downright overwhelming. But, before you get too stressed by the thought of all that work, fear not, Urban Eden Landscaping is here to help you get that yard looking great! Here are some of the things we can do to get your yard back in order.
Assess and Remove Debris
The first and, perhaps, most important step is to assess what mother nature has done to your yard over the winter season. Are there leaves, twigs and other debris blown across the landscape? Rake up all of this debris and haul it off to your compost pile or take it to a recycling center. Once all of the debris has been removed, you will be able to gain a better understanding of what needs to be done next in your yard.
Debris (especially an overabundance of debris) is not good for a mower. However, since the debris is no longer posing an obstacle to cleaning up your yard, it’s time to give it a mow. For the first mow of the season, we’d suggest mowing it shorter than most normally would to prepare for the next step.
Dethatching and Aerating
For those who are not familiar with what dethatching and aerating means, dethatching refers to removing the excess thatch (dead bits of grass and finer pieces of debris) that build up in your lawn; aerating refers to the process of creating small holes in your lawn that allows water and air to penetrate further into your lawn. In other words, dethatching and aerating loosens compacted soil and allows your lawn to receive the water and other nutrients it needs to thrive.
Reseeding and Fertilizing
Once the yard has been mowed, dethatched and aerated, it’s time to give your lawn the nutrients it craves. Using a seed spreader, apply a thin layer of grass seed over your entire lawn. Follow this up with a helping of organic fertilizer. Lastly, to ensure birds don’t eat all of your grass seed or the wind doesn’t carry your hard work away, apply a layer of top-dressing. For more information about fertilizing check this post out.
If you’re anything like us here at Urban Eden, we love flowerbeds that are without weeds. We believe that removing weeds should be done as naturally (and chemical-free) as possible. So, the next step is to manually remove all weeds from the beds. You can achieve this with a hula-hoe (aka roundabout hoe) or by simply pulling all the weeds by hand.
After the weeding has been completed, it’s time to ensure those weeds do not just immediately pop back up as the temperature increases. To fight against weeds coming back en force, cover your flowerbeds with a thick layer (about 2”) of your favorite mulch. There are a variety of mulches that come in different styles and colors, so choose the one that fits your preference. If you’d like suggestions, don’t hesitate to ask!
There are still even more things you can do to spruce up your yard after the rough winter we had here in the Pacific Northwest. However, if you can accomplish what is detailed on this list, then that is a great start! If this seems too daunting or if you’d just appreciate a little extra help, contact us today, call us at (360)567-6399 or fill out a free estimate form.