Fab Real Estate Blog: Sellers: Spring Clean-Up for Your Yards

Sellers: Spring Clean-Up for Your Yards

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.

    bare spots
  • 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...

    wood chips
  • 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

Comment balloon 7 commentsDon Fabrizio-Garcia • April 22 2007 09:17AM


Great ideas here Don! You can be sure I will be out in my yard today after I handle my red blob showing today. It will be a relief to get back home and dig around in my yard. There is a Robin that has made a nest in my front door wreath. It's too late for me to remove...now 3 eggs in it. I was wondering why my dog has been barking all the time. Now it will be worse once they hatch!!!  
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) about 12 years ago

Hi Lizette - I'm adding a link to your Red Blob.  While sellers clean up their yards, it will be a good reminder to remove odd things from inside their homes, too!

We took some time yesterday to start working on our yards.  The photos in this post are that of our very own handiwork.  Unfortunately, we have a lot more to do!


Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) about 12 years ago

After all the flooding we've had up here our yard is a mess! Great tips Don.


Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) about 12 years ago

Monika - Our yards didn't flood, but the usually-very-sedate stream that borders our land was like white-water-rapids for a couple of days.  We were tempted to get a raft and see if we could manage it all the way to the lake!

Recently in Connecticut, they stocked the rivers and streams (not ours) with trout.  The local papers have had pictures of trout now in people's yards, in parking lots, etc.  Very sad.

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) about 12 years ago
When you finish in your yard, please come to my house.  I can use your help.
Posted by Philip Turner, Mortgage Banker Since 1980 (MCCUE MORTGAGE COMPANY) about 12 years ago

Philip - Ummm...no!

I finished up earlier then expected today, so I decided to spend an hour in the sun seeding the rest of the bare spots.  Five hours later:  bag of seed is finished, ran out of hay, my kids were soaked from the hose, and I repaired all the deer netting on my fence because my little Italian Greyhound dog realized there were some rips (it was an old weed-whacker accident) in the netting and he could escape.  (Within two days of having the fence installed, he figured out that he could wiggle his way through the slats and off to freedom, so we installed deer netting on the outside of the fence to keep him contained ).  I'm exhausted and too sore to even consider doing any more yard work right now!

Posted by Don Fabrizio-Garcia, Owner/Broker/Trainer - Fab Real Estate (Fab Real Estate) about 12 years ago
LOL trout in back in yards...how funny!
Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) about 12 years ago