7 Simple Steps to Clean Up Your Backyard
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Just as you deep-clean your home in spring, your backyard requires some TLC, too. Devote an early spring weekend to tidying up your backyard for tip-top summer shape. You’ll find that small things can make a big difference – and even more detailed duties are rewarding in the end.
- First thing’s first: Clear the ground by raking dead leaves, then use trash or lawn bags to dispose of them. Because your lawn suffers damage during the cold winter months, now’s the time to let it breathe. Lawn aeration breaks up compacted soil and creates pockets of air that can then be filled with compost.
- If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can rent a power lawn aerator from The Home Depot. Its hollow tines cut through thatch and into turf to allow water, air and fertilizer to penetrate.
After aerating your lawn, spread a thin layer of peat moss over it using a rake. Known as top dressing, this toughens your turf and helps it to resist thatch, disease and the growth of weeds.
A healthy lawn is a happy lawn. Giving your lawn the nutrients and care it needs is the best way to keep weeds at bay. A weed trimmer pulls weeds up from the roots, making the process quick and easy. Or you can apply a weed killer to your lawn, such as Ortho® Weed-B-Gon MAX® Plus Crabgrass Control, to get rid of existing weeds and prevent them from taking root in the future.
You’d be amazed at how the smallest of creatures can cause extensive damage to your backyard. There are a number of ways to control pests, including applying pesticides like Ortho® Bug-B-Gon MAX® Insect Killer For Lawns, using other insects to feed on them, or washing them off with water, to name a few. Also, consider disease-resistant plants to keep fungus, bacteria and other damaging diseases from destroying your lawn and garden.
Whether they originate from disease, damage or your dog’s urine, bare spots in your backyard are unsightly. First, fill the exposed patch with a good grade of topsoil, such as Scotts® Premium Topsoil. Then, scatter grass seed over the area, but be careful not to plant too many seeds. Rake the patch lightly (about 5 percent to 10 percent of the seeds should be visible), and spread a thin layer of compost over the area. The seeds should be watered daily, but ensure they don’t become too soggy.
While grooming your backyard is a no-brainer, it’s certainly worth mentioning. Improve the overall look of your yard by mowing the grass, trimming trees and shrubs, clipping hedges, pruning plants, edging the lawn, picking up debris and washing away dirt using a pressure washer from The Home Depot Tool Rental Center. Also, consider using the grass clippings as mulch for vegetable or flower gardens, or adding them to a compost pile.
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your deck, patio or fence. Rotted wood, cracked tiles, loose boards, rusted metal – not only are these unattractive, but they pose safety issues as well. If the work is more than you can handle on your own, call on the professionals at The Home Depot.