Every yard needs a wake up from Winter and today I am going to Share my Three Tips to Spring Clean your Backyard to create a vibrant outdoor space.
Three Tips to Spring Clean your Backyard Video
This is the time of year where freezing temperatures are behind us and yard work is in demand. This weekend the weather was beautiful and what better time to get outside and start spring cleaning.
Yes, in the beginning of the season it can be a bit of work but, it is worth it mid-summer. Every yard needs a clean-up from raking leaves that were forgotten from fall, branches that have fallen from trees from winter storms and garbage that has been brought in from harsh winds.
Yard spring cleaning is a great physical activity and can be exhausting. Make sure you have a good meal, plenty of water and stretch before starting.
How to Spring Clean your Garden
First, make sure you have all the proper tools to spring clean your yard and garden such as a good rake, gloves and cleaning supplies that are non-toxic to your environment.
Look and evaluate what you currently own to determine what you may need this season. Purchase your missing yard items and revamp what you currently own. Any current tools you own such a scissors, sharpen to ensure they are productive throughout spring cleanup.
Second, you will need water to spring clean your garden and year, hook up all hoses to your outdoor water sources. Examine spray nozzles for leaks, cracks or defeats.
Finally, before you wrap up your spring cleaning of your garden/yard, mulch to add moisture your solid and curve appeal. No edible plants and flowers get black mulch everything else get plain non treated mulch such as untreated pine shavings oak straw.
Three Tips to Spring Clean your Backyard Instructions
1.) Give your yard a good Rake! I have a large front and back yard, and this took a lot of time. I gave the yard a good rake to get rid of sticks, leaves and any garbage that blew on it from the winter winds.
Yes, this is a boring and tedious chore but, it needs to be done. If you gave your yard a good rake last Fall the spring should be a breeze.
I bagged all the leaves and stick and add to my garden beds or compost pile. Please, do not burn your leaves this can be bad for the environment. Make sure you invest in a good pair of gardening gloves to prevent any abuse to the skin.
Leaf Raking is very cardiovascular and an upper body workout. Start slowly and take breaks in needed.
Spring Cleaning the Yard and Gardens
2.) Clean all the flower beds, gardens, etc. I clean my beds of all dead leaves, sticks etc. I clean my beds really well to help with any new growth. Fertilizer your trees, perennials and shrubs for the spring season.
If you forgot to clean your beds in the fall, it is ok, spring is just as good of time as any! All debris goes in the bottom of garden boxes or in the compost pile.
Cut back any dead leaves and branches from shrubs, bushes and perennial plants/flowers. You want to prune and cut back anything that is not blooming or appears dead.
Spring Cleaning Outdoor Furniture Naturally
3.) I know the nights are chilly and the last think of is sitting on the deck or patio but, cleaning your furniture will be much rewarded as the busy weeks progress.
Clean all patio furniture using baking soda and vinegar. I clean my furniture removing all mold, dirt and grime that built up during the winter months. I made the solution with half cup of baking soda, half cup of vinegar and a bit of Lemon Essential Oil to a warm gallon bucket.
First, take your garden hose and hose everything done with water. Next, take a scrub brush and homemade cleaning solution and scrub all chairs, benches and tables. Finally, hose everything done again to rinse; let everything air dry!
Which Patio Furniture Cleaner is Best?
Outdoor Furniture is built from materials that can with stand sun, rain and wind. Every Spring your outdoor furniture will need a good cleaning.
There are many commercialize cleaners on the market to remove stains, scuffs and scraps but, I find just vinegar, baking soda and lemon essential oil does an amazing job. a lot of the commerical cleaners are filled with toxins and not safe for animals and plant life. I rather clean my outdoor space with something that is safe for my gardens and animals.
A scrub brush will help with stubborn stains.
Throughout, the spring and summer all your patio furniture will need is a hosing off with the garden hose.
Vinegar will disinfect and deodorize your outdoor furniture. Vinegar inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and most bacteria; perfect ingredients because my floors are exposed to kids and animals.
Lemon Essential Oil smells refreshing and awesome for cleaning outdoor furniture. For Degreasing and Disinfecting Lemon Essential Oil will do the job and brighten as well.
Baking soda is great to scrub mold, dirt and grime off of all outdoor furniture. Scrubs without scratches, baking soda is inexpensive and a resource you want in your homestead.
At the end of the season, store patio furniture in a shed or garage with water poof tarps designed for outdoor storage. What are your top Three things you do to get your yard ready for spring? Let me know by adding a comment and I can add to my list.
I have lots more to do in my yard let me know if you want to know what I am going to work in next weekend.