Spring is just around the corner and if you’re like most Denver homeowners, you’re starting to plan all those fun gatherings and parties already. And no one wants to host a party without making the most of their backyard! And with so many sunny and warm days, it’s no wonder! It’s one of the many reasons we love the Denver Metro Area! But after a long winter, your yard will need a little TLC before it’s ready for those upcoming gatherings and your trusted Denver sprinkler service wants to help. Here are a few tips to get your yard ready for everything spring can throw your way.
Schedule a Sprinkler Tune-Up
The first step towards getting your yard ready for warmer weather is to have your sprinkler system tuned up
. During the tune up, the technician will make sure every sprinkler head works properly. They’ll also check the water lines and electrical components for wear and tear. If anything is wrong or needs repair, they’ll take care of it before the growing season starts in earnest. This way, your system will be ready to help your lawn grow lush and green the minute the temperatures rise. Remember, the key to keeping your lawn looking its best is regular and thorough watering. Without your sprinkler system, you won’t be able to keep it looking its best.
Fertilize the Lawn
For most homeowners, the soil in your backyard will need some refreshing before your lawn can grow well. After a long winter, many of the nutrients in the soil will still be low around your lawn. This means you’ll need to add a bit of fertilizer to the grass. Fertilizer helps give your sod and grass the nutrients it needs to grow quickly once the weather warms up. When done properly, it sets you up for a successful growing season without much maintenance. Keep in mind, you’ll want to be cautious when spreading fertilizer. Too much can change the pH balance of the soil and keep your grass from growing in the first place.
Give Your Lawn Mower and Equipment Some Attention
Once your grass starts growing, you’ll need to keep it trimmed properly to keep growth levels consistent throughout the spring and summer. But over time, your lawn mower and other gardening tools start to get coated in dust and grime, even if they’re not used. Stay on top of the wear and tear by cleaning and tuning up your equipment at the beginning of spring. This way, you’ll have everything you need to keep your yard party-ready at your fingertips.
Pay Attention to Your Outdoor Furniture
Guests need a place to relax and enjoy your parties and events. And for most of them, sitting on the grass just isn’t an option. You need to have quality outdoor furniture in place to keep guests comfortable during your gatherings. If you have pieces on hand, inspect the cushions for damage and set them in the sun for a few hours to air out. The sun’s UV rays helps kill mold and mildew and the open air helps get rid of any strange and lingering smells lurking in the upholstery and padding. Wipe down each piece of furniture to get rid of dust and dirt.
If you don’t have furniture, consider investing in a few pieces. For serious home entertainers, a good outdoor living set is well worth the investment. But if you’re only using it occasionally, adding a few lawn chairs will be more than enough to keep your guests happy.
Watch for Weeds
Keeping your yard looking nice means keeping a weathered eye out for weeds and unwanted plants. Unfortunately, weeds have a way of popping up before anything else in the garden starts to grow or produce flowers. And once they do, the roots can threaten those carefully chosen plants. Every week or so, head out to your backyard and inspect the lawn and garden beds for signs of weeds. Diligence matters. The more weeds are allowed to grow, the more they’ll spread throughout your yard. If you notice any, pull them up or kill them with an all-natural method
. The last thing you want to do is use toxic chemicals on your grass, especially if you have small children or pets in the house.
Create Shaded Areas
Denver is, believe it or not, considered a high-elevation city. This means the sun’s rays have to go through less atmosphere before it hits the ground. For humans, this means an increased risk of sunburn after only a short time in the sun. But covering up isn’t always an option, especially during some of Denver’s warmer springtime days. Instead, create shaded areas where people can escape the sun without putting on a sweater. Use umbrellas on your deck. Hang canopies between the trees and consider investing in a permanent covering for your deck or patio. These shaded areas will even make your yard more comfortable during the full heat of the summer!
Decorate the Right Way
Decorating your yard for parties and events makes the entire space feel festive and colorful. But some decorations can damage your landscaping permanently. Be careful about the types of decorations you use. Look for ones that are easy to remove. Decorations on garden stakes are a great way to add color without damaging your plants. If you hang decorations on trees, make sure you leave room for the tree to breathe. Wrapping ropes tightly and using long nails can damage your trees and thus hurt your landscaping.
Your backyard deserves to get used as often as possible. But if you’re not confident in the way it looks, you won’t want to host parties and gatherings outside. Use these tips to get your landscaping ready for your spring and summer festivities and get the most out of your outdoor living space. If you’re not sure where to start or need help getting things back in good shape after the last freeze, schedule a consultation with Water Solutions today.