Tips to Get Your Yard Summer-Ready


 Spending time outdoors with friends and family is one of the great joys of summer. Although you may be itching to get back outside, before you can relax, there’s work to do. After enduring the wear and tear of fall, winter and spring, most yards need attention to get back into summer shape. These tips will help you clean up your entire yard – from garden to patio – so there’s more time to enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

Garden – Prepare your planting bed by using a tiller before seeding. Loosening up existing soil helps water and nutrients reach your new plants’ roots. Better yet, add some manure before tilling to create a healthy growing environment.

Trees – Spring and summer are all about new life, and dead tree limbs hanging around a home can kill the mood. Instead of climbing up a rickety ladder with clippers, keep feet planted and use a lightweight chainsaw such as Sun Joe’s cordless Pole Chain Saw. This tool will allow you to saw off dead limbs and let gravity do the rest. Just make sure to stand back using the 15 foot extension.

Mulch – Before it gets too hot, use a morning to lay down or freshen up the mulch around plants. A thin layer of mulch, two to three inches deep, around your landscape will help keep roots cool in the upcoming summer months and warm when cooler weather inevitably returns again.

Grass – It is best to wait until soil dries out before starting work on your lawn, because being too eager and working on soggy soil can harm already tender new grass roots. Once grass is alive and growing, mow only once you need to. Grass is at its healthiest if you cut no more than a third of the blade. Get your timing right, and your neighbors will notice that the grass is always greener on your side.

Driveway and Patio – Over the winter months, mildew, grime, dirt and stains have grown in your outdoor spaces, reduced curb appeal and destroyed your yard. Easy-to-use electric pressure washers can make your spaces look brand new, delivering thousands of pounds of water pressure to demolish every square inch of dirt from your driveway, your patio, your sidewalk and even your home’s siding.

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