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Outdoor Spring-Cleaning Checklist

By Abi Grise Morgan 3.20.23

Winter storms and freezes can leave your outdoor spaces less than tidy by the start of spring. Prepare your yard for Texas’ prime season for entertaining with a good spring-cleaning. Keeping your property, yard, and trees in good condition not only boosts your curb appeal but also keeps pests and hazards at bay.

Start now with this outdoor spring-cleaning checklist, and reward yourself with a lazy, pleasant afternoon lounging in your yard.

1. Clean up any debris that has accumulated over the winter.

Rake leaves, twigs, and other debris from your lawn, and remove trash or litter that may have blown onto your property. This will help create a clean and tidy foundation for your outdoor spring-cleaning efforts.

2. Prune trees and shrubs.

Overgrown trees and shrubs can block sunlight and air circulation, preventing your lawn from growing properly. Prune any overgrown vegetation to allow for better sunlight and airflow, and remove any dead or damaged branches to improve the health and appearance of your trees and shrubs. Take care not to prune trees too heavily.

Invasive species pop up early in spring and can quickly take over your garden. Examine any questionable plants carefully and nip them in the bud before they make themselves at home.

3. Aerate and fertilize your lawn.

Compacted soil can prevent water, nutrients, and oxygen from reaching the roots of your grass, leading to a weak and unhealthy lawn. Use a lawn aerator to punch holes in the soil to allow for better water and nutrient absorption, and apply a balanced fertilizer to provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy.

4. Inspect and repair your shed and other outdoor structures.

Check your shed and other outdoor structures for any signs of damage or wear and repair any issues promptly to prevent further damage. This can help extend your structures’ life and keep them in good condition.

Leftover wood from your fireplace or firepit? Cover with a mold-resistant tarp and store far away from any wooden structures, including your home or shed. This will help keep termites from popping in where they are most certainly uninvited.

5. Create a plan for watering and maintaining your lawn and garden.

As the weather warms up, your lawn and garden need regular watering and care to stay healthy and vibrant. Develop an efficient watering schedule and a plan for maintaining your plants to ensure they receive the moisture and nutrients they need.

Don’t stop when you’re on a roll!

If you’re feeling the spring cleaning buzz and can’t wait to tackle your next project, get started inside your home with these spring cleaning hacks and donate clothes and furniture you no longer vibe with to those in need.

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