With the spring weather tempting you to get out and start planting, it's a good idea to invest a little time getting you yard ready for the season. Here are a few tips on what you can do now to prepare your yard for spring.
Walk Your Yard
Before you start to do any yard work, it's a good idea to take a walk through your yard to survey any damage that has occured over the winter. Look for any hanging branches or split limbs and cut off anything that is broken. Cut out any dead wood on your deciduous shrubs also.
Edge your garden beds
Define the edge around your garden beds using a garden edger. As you work your way around, kick any of the edging into the bed so it can be raked off after.
Clean Your Garden Beds
Cut down any perennial foliage remaining from last year and use a steel rake to clean the beds out. Remove all of the edging along with any old mulch, leaves and branches. It’s important to remove as much of the old mulch as possible so that it doesn't build up and smother your plants. You should also check around the base of any woody trees and shrubs to make sure there is no mulch left around their trunks. If there is, remove it so that it doesn’t cause the wood to rot.
Test your soil
Using a take-home ph test kit, available at all Mahoney's locations, take samples from several garden areas throughout your yard and ammend the soil as needed