Getting Your Yard Ready For Planting Season: What You Should Know

Posted on: 25 March 2015

As spring and summer slowly but surely become less of a winter fantasy and more of an inevitability, you find yourself fantasizing about all of the landscaping that you will soon be able to do. You begin to picture the vegetation you will plant, the flowers you will grow, and the garden you will enjoy all season long. And while these musings are enjoyable, they will not get you and your yard ready for the upcoming planting and growing seasons. So, get to know some of the important steps you can take to get your yard ready for spring and summer and get started as soon as possible. 

Clear Out Any Leftover Yard Waste

The first step you need to take to ready your yard for new landscaping this spring is to get any leftover yard waste out of the way. When fall transitions to winter, you often do not get a chance to rake up and remove the last of the leaves or branches that fall before the snow and ice cover the ground. 

So, when the winter weather begins to allay, you should take the opportunity to get outside and clear that yard debris and waste from your lawn. Be sure to check with your sanitation company to learn the rules about yard waste removal in your town. Some refuse companies will pick up yard waste between certain dates, and others will charge you a small fee for your yard waste removal and require special bags or containers (separate from your other household waste).

While you may prefer to compost your yard waste, doing so with yard waste that has been covered in ice and snow all winter is ill-advised. Much of this organic material has been so soaked and saturated that it has become moldy and undesirable for return to your lawn as mulch. So, be sure to get this yard waste collected and removed as soon as possible.

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Till The Soil

If you have a garden plot or any other area of your yard that you are going to completely replant in your landscaping scheme this year, you will want to till the soil before you plant. This process not only softens the soil, making it easier to dig into later, it also revitalizes your soil, which helps plants thrive.

You will need to wait until the ground thaws to do this, and the soil needs to be dry. Once your soil is in the right condition, mark out the rows you plan to plant. This will determine the pattern by which you till the soil. Finally, all you need to do is take your tiller and run it through your soil. You only have to run the tiller over each marked row once. Otherwise, you will actually make the soil harder to plant.

If you take these early steps to prepare for your spring landscaping, you will be ahead of the game later this spring and summer. So, get started as soon as possible, and you will have the beautiful yard you have been imagining all throughout the winter months.