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With winter now officially behind us, spring is the ideal time to prep your yard for the warmer weather ahead.

Whilst it’s only natural for people to fix up their homes first before their yards, unfortunately many people tend to forget about the state of their gardens entirely. However good landscaping and garden maintenance is an essential part of growing your home's overall value, particularly if you are planning to sell soon. This is vitally important when it comes to your front yard in terms of street appeal. With the sun shining and most of the rain clearing, spring is an ideal time to spruce up and prepare your plants for the harsh effects of summer. What’s more, you don’t have to be a master handyman or green thumb, most yard jobs are fairly simple and just require a bit of elbow grease.

Define lawn edges

  • If you can’t bear to spend much time in your yards, at the very least mow and edge your lawn! Edging with a trimmer, a pair of shears or a sharp spade edge, really neatens a garden and gives an impression of lower maintenance which is a popular selling point. Also consider re-laying new patches of lawn if sections have dried out over winter.

Add a splash of colour

  • Spring is the best time of the year to show off your garden’s colours, so add welcoming planters to entranceways and fill pots with bright flowering annuals or perennials to give your garden an immediate lift.

A flower-covered trellis is a great way to add extra interest to your garden.

Stain your wood fence

  • Now that the sun is out in force, this is a good time to protect your fence as sunlight degrades wood fibres which allows water to penetrate and turn the surface grey. Use a semi-transparent stain that is fortified with UV blockers combined with a warm tone for a lift.

Repair your paths

  • Paver joints can deplete with winter rain so fill loosening paver joints with new stone, dust or sand. Hose down the pavers and then repeat. For a true spring touch, if your paver spaces are quite wide consider growing ground hugging plants in between the cracks such as thyme or miniature mat daisy to soften sharp edges.

Put up a green screen

  • Get your greenery prepped for summer by starting a plant trellis. Buy a premade trellis made from treated wood or rust resistant metal. Fasten to a wall or fence with blocks or brackets to allow enough room for plants to climb through. Choose plants based on your area and how much sun the trellis gets during the day.

Get rid of excess foliage

  • How often have you passed by a house which seems entirely shrouded in overgrown trees and plants? Needless to say, this does nothing for a home’s curb appeal! Just because a tree has been in a yard for many years doesn’t mean you have to keep it if it’s an eyesore. Call tree removers for a professional opinion and only have a manageable amount of plants.

Raised garden beds featuring a bevvy of spring vegies will thaw out better after a frost.

Add a raised garden bed

  • Installing a garden bed that is somewhat raised off the ground is a good idea because soil in raised beds thaws out better after a winter frost. Now’s a good time to sow beans, broccoli, capsicum, cucumber, zucchini and tomatoes.

Create privacy with plants

  • Screen out nosy neighbours or a busy road by installing visual barriers such as trellises, hedges or tall bamboo plants. This won’t do much to alleviate any noise problems, but it will give extra privacy for outdoor entertaining.

Get weeding and mulching

  • A good weed and mulch will do wonders for the overall look and health of your plants. Mulching – especially larger bark chips – will also look much neater than bare earth around plants.

Prune – but don’t go overboard

  • Pruning or tidying up plants and trees will help them to flourish and look much neater – but don’t get carried away and over prune as it may take time for them to recover.

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