Spring has finally arrived here in Connecticut. That means it's time to clean up your yards, especially if you're marketing your home for sale. Winter can be tough on our lawns and our gardens. A little work now can lead to great results for the rest of the spring and summer. If you're selling your home, a little work now will make your home stand out from the competition.
- Take a walk around your yards. Pick up and sticks and branches that have fallen off of the trees over the winter. Remove any rocks that have heaved up through the soil. (Doing so will also save your lawnmower...)
- Re-seed any dead areas of grass. I find for small areas, using a small metal hand rake to rake up a bit of the soil, spreading the seed and then raking the soil a bit more works best. Then cover with hay and water daily. It may be best to add a bit of lawn soil to the areas, too.
- For larger areas of re-seeding: till the soil a few inches deep, then use a spreader to spread grass seeds throughout the area. Lightly rake the seeds into the tilled soil, cover with hay, and water regularly. Again, it may be best to add some lawn soil to the mix, especially if your lawns have poor or compacted soil.
- Fill in with new soil any depressions or holes that have been caused by winter storm run-off, especially alongside your driveway. Use this as an opportunity to plant new grass seed or other plants in these areas.
- Fertilize your lawns using a weed-and-feed lawn fertilizer. Personally, I'm not convinced this works, but they keep telling me to do it...
- Add new mulch to all planting beds. This not only makes the beds looker neater, but it also helps to retain moisture and prevent weeds. For larger areas away from the house, such as a landscaped hillside, consider calling a tree-trimming company and asking them to deliver chips of trees they've shredded. In my area, some companies will deliver this for free, as they then do not have to dispose of it.
- If necessary, sweep up all the sand that was spread on your driveway for traction during the past winter's snow storms. While this sand provides traction in the snow, it is oddly slippery when walking on it in the spring. Plus, it can shorten the life of your driveway to drive on this sand year-round
- Plant flowering annuals for a burst of color in your beds, especially along the front walkway and the front door.
- Trim off any dead branches from trees.
Of course, don't forget after all this work to take a long hot shower or enjoy a long bath. Take care of yourself, too, so you can enjoy your newly cleaned yards!
Don Fabrizio-Garcia, REALTOR
Connecticut Real Estate & Appraisals
Connecticut Real Estate and Homes for Sale