Weston Dean Custom Homes, a premier Boerne custom homebuilder
, understand that you probably have a little cabin fever and ready to get outside and enjoy the weather. (That's not to say some of you haven't already been doing so!) That being said, it still might be a little cool, cloudy, or rainy in the coming days, and indoor spring cleaning can only be so engaging. But on the days where it's a little nicer out and you can't quite escape the desire to be outside, take advantage of these early weeks of spring and get your garden ready to start growing!
"But wait!" You might say, "I'm not really a gardener and I don't know the first thing about growing anything." Well, the good news is that most maintenance tasks you can perform now definitely prime your yard for springtime growth, and you don't need to know anything specific at this time. But this early set up will afford you the chance to take up a new hobby and make your yard absolutely beautiful in the coming months.
So what do you do to get started? Our friends at HGTV
recommend a fair number of activities that get you started. Even better, these ideas are great for a family to do together as well as getting you active and moving (don't make us remind you of your fitness-related New Years Resolution!).
Have you used mulch in previous years? Mulching is a great way to add moisture and nutrients to the soil and the plants you want to cultivate as well as smother the weeds and unwanted lawn creepers. Check the depth of your mulch as it has likely decomposed some or been washed away over the winter months. Replenish your supply and use a rake to spread it around your garden and general landscape approximately 2-4 inches high.
Does your yard have stepping stones used for navigating outdoor traffic as well as adding to the general aesthetic? We recommend that you check on these. Sometimes with extreme temperatures, they can become worn and weathered, making them unstable and precarious to walk upon. Work those muscles to lift them from the ground and use a level if you need to to determine whether or not they are even.
Check your yard to ensure there aren't potholes or tunnels that have been dug by critters. Not only are they counterproductive to any planting aims you have, but they're rather dangerous; you might step into one and twist your ankle. Fill in these holes with dirt and soil and make sure they're firmly patted down to prevent any accidents. You'll be able to add seed and grass turf to these bare patches in the coming weeks.
What are your plans for your garden this year? Are you planting any fruits or vegetables, or are you sticking to flora and fauna?
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For more information call (210) 408-9107.