by Charlotte Wood
(last updated March 30, 2015)
Springtime is approaching and the outdoors is beginning to look amazing! The weather is warm, the air smells fresh, and you can start breaking out your spring wardrobe. Now that it's starting to be nice outside again and the snow melts, you are probably starting to see the real state of your yard. Over the winter, when you may not use your yard too often, your yard may fall into some disrepair. Now that it's spring, you need to clean up that yard so it can look great for the summer!
Cleaning up your yard may seem like a daunting task and one you may not be looking forward to with much enthusiasm. If you approach your yard cleaning with the right attitude and plan, however, cleaning up your yard need not be such an overwhelming task. You just need to prioritize and organize your efforts. That way, you will be able to clean thoroughly and efficiently.
You first need to have the proper attire for yard work. Put on your grubby jeans, that worthless concert t-shirt, and those too-big garden gloves, and get ready to get to work. The next thing you need to do after equipping yourself, is to pick up the yard. If you have a family, then your yard will probably be littered with various toys, balls, and miscellaneous pieces of outdoor gear. Pick up everything that shouldn't be there and then put it away immediately. Cleaning up your yard won't be successful if you just move junk from one place to another. If you're not sure about some of the junk in your yard, then you should throw it away, give it away, or find a place for it.
Once the junk is picked up, go around and pick up any large branches or other large, natural items in your yard. You should rake up the leftover leaves from last autumn, pick up the pet waste, and dispose of the fallen tree branches, and anything else that doesn't belong in your yard. Keep a trash bag with you, so you can easily dispose of branches, trash, and anything else that needs to be disposed of. At this point, your yard should be basically cleaned up, but you should take the extra time to make it look good, and not just picked up. Prune the bushes, edge the grass, mow the lawn. Start watering your lawn so it can look nice and green and healthy, and keep it looking tidy. Trim the branches on the trees so the branches don't overpower anything else in your yard, and do the mundane yard work necessary to make your yard look clean, tidy, and classy.
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