Year after year, our yards endure the winter elements—and that wear-and-tear can mean less time outdoors come summer. To get your yard into summer shape, start preparing now with these tips, courtesy of the experts at Sun Joe, a leading outdoor power equipment provider.
Preparing the Garden
Prepare planting beds by using a tiller before seeding. Loosening up existing soil helps water and nutrients reach your new plants' roots. Add manure before tilling to create a healthy growing environment. Mulch around your plants—a 2- to 3-inch-deep layer will keep roots cool in the upcoming summer months.
Preparing the Lawn
Wait for the soil to dry out before starting work on your lawn—working with soggy soil can harm tender grass roots. Once the soil is dry, mow only once you need to; grass is at its healthiest if you cut no more than a third of the blade.
Preparing the Patio
Use a pressure washer to eliminate grime, which can build up significantly over winter. Whether you own your own equipment or plan to rent or buy it, be sure to read the instruction manual thoroughly before operating.
Reprinted with permission from RIS Media. (c)2016. All rights reserved.