Sunday, 25 June 2017

Gardening Tips for Your New Home

Gardening Tips for Your New Home

Spring is a time of renewal, when things start to come back to life and we can start to enjoy our outdoor space again. It’s also a great time to take advantage of the mild weather to do some much-needed gardening tasks around the house!

1) Don’t Plant Trees too Close to Your Home

If you’ve just moved into a new home, you likely don’t have any established trees yet. If you do choose to plant trees around your property this spring to add some shade to your garden, make sure you’re planting them a safe distance from your home. Consider how large your plant species will get when it reaches maturity, and leave enough space between it and your home. Trees that are too close to your home could cause damage to the roof during a storm.

2) Clean Out Your Garden

Over the fall and winter, garden debris can build up throughout your property, and will need to be cleared in the spring. Clear up the last leaves that you may have missed in the fall, and any branches that may have broken off or blown onto your property during a winter storm. Also take this time to sharpen your garden tools that have sat unused in your garage or shed over the winter, so you’ll be ready to use them this season.

3) Clean Out Your Gutters

Cleaning the gutters on your home is an often-overlooked, yet essential, gardening task for the spring. Like the debris in your garden, leaves and other debris can build up over the fall and winter in your gutters. Clogged gutters aren’t just an eyesore – they can be potentially damaging to your home. With spring rains, clogged gutters can cause flooding in your roof and even in your basement if there isn’t proper drainage leading away from your house. So grab a ladder and some gloves and give those gutters a good clean.

4) Prepare Your Lawn

Your lawn goes through a lot over the winter months, so take some time in the spring to give it some TLC and get it ready for spring and summer. Clear any debris and dead growth that you notice, and then rake your lawn. Raking the lawn helps to expose it to more light and air – which it has had very little of over the winter – so it can start to regrow. If you see any bare patches, scatter some grass seed and keep it well watered until you start to see it sprout.

5) Plan Your Garden Projects

With a brand new home, you’ll probably want to start thinking about how you want to use your outdoor space this season. If you don’t already have a deck or patio, start planning out your landscaping projects. Decide what kind of seating areas, flower beds or other landscaping and gardening features you want in your home, and get to work on those. If you’ll be using a landscaping company, call them early in the season as they tend to get booked up fast.

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