Good news – summer is almost here! From swimming to sports to sunbathing, there’s so much fun to be had in the great outdoors. After a long winter of disuse, is your yard really ready for these things? A little extra attention will ensure that it is. Just follow these tips to get your yard back in excellent condition for all the fun in the sun you want this season.
Clean Up Debris
To start, you want to restore the surface of your yard to a clean and orderly state so you can get to work on the other tasks on your list. Collect and dispose of all branches, leaves and outside rubbish, giving you more room to do what you need to do. While you’re at it, be sure to check your roof and gutters as well. Other seasons can leave you with a significant amount of twigs or leaves up there where you wouldn’t otherwise see it. Build-ups like these can impede your roof’s ability to divert water away from your home and make water damage much more likely, you can’t afford to ignore it.
Check Up on The Plant Life
Once you’ve taken care of the most obvious clutter, it’s time to tend to the greenery in your yard. Look over the grass on your lawn and make sure there aren’t any obvious sparse spots. When you find one, throw a little grass seed on it (ideally this would have been done in the early spring, but grass grows quickly enough to not make much difference either way). Inspect the new growth on bushes and shrubs and cut off any dead or overgrown portions to keep the rest of the plant healthy. You should also verify that any trees on your property do not have any broken or dangling branches. These not only look unsightly, but could also become deadly hazards if they fall off or get caught up in the wind in a storm.
Conduct a Pest Inspection
If you haven’t been in your yard regularly for some time, you might be surprised by who else may have set up residence there. Many wild creatures will take refuge from harsher conditions in sheltered man-made yards during the winter. Some of the most common culprits in Australia include foxes, rabbits and stray cats and dogs. Check for any signs of disturbed dirt or foliage, paw marks, droppings, scratched surfaces and any other tell-tale clues that an uninvited guest has been through. Be sure to call a professional for help if you actually find anything.
Check All Other Objects for Damage
There’s plenty of vital items in your yard that have nothing to do with any plants or greenery – patio furniture, barbecue grills, benches and trellises, and even fences all count. These items add a lot of function and enjoyment to the space, but because they haven’t grown up out of the earth, we don’t always think of them as requiring maintenance the same way that our plants do. In truth, they can easily become run-down and dangerous to use, and you may not notice until it’s too late. Look for rusted areas on metal items and gouges or signs of rot on wooden ones. If anything looks suspect, consider repairing, reinforcing, or even replacing it altogether as necessary. Being proactive in this way can save you the stress of dealing with more consequential breakdowns later.
With all these tasks completed, you should be ready for a safe, active and happy summer season on your property. If you need some help getting rid of any green waste or old furniture, 1300RUBBISH can do the work for you! Give us a call today!