I can always tell Spring is upon us when the grass starts growing out of control. I love all the green, but I can’t tell you how much I dread mowing the lawn. This year (insert gasp here), we hired a yard service. I’ve been mowing our lawn for all 9 of the years that Tim and I have been living together (He’s not much of a yard guy) and I can’t tell you how over it I am. Last year our grass was terrible and our house was probably the embarrassment of the neighborhood. I was spending so much time wedding planning and Cooper training that the lawn fell the to wayside. I was so happy when the grass died last summer and I didn’t have to worry about mowing it any longer. And now it’s that time of year again when it’s all coming back. Today I’m sharing my Spring yard maintenance and the progress I’ve made so far this year on getting my yard back in shape.
This year the yard was looking super sad. The weeds have taken over, the beds were a mess and overall it was just not looking so perky after getting sidelined last year. I will admit, I do not have a green thumb. I basically try to maintain, keep the lawn cut and the beds cleaned up enough to make the house look presentable to the neighborhood.
Our new yard person comes once every two weeks and he edges, weed wacks and mows the lawn. He has only come twice and already I see a vast improvement. With him covering the lawn, it gives me time to focus on other areas of the yard. Usually I’d be so worn out after doing just the grass maintenance, the rest of the beds didn’t get very high up on my priority list.
What I’ve done this year
This year I’ve been making an effort to weed out beds, lay new mulch, fill in some low spots of the yard with dirt and even do some plantings. My dad even helped me put weed and feed on the grass. Over the past two weekends I have removed the weeds and grass from around my two trees along my parking strips. I’ve also weeded out around my Camellia and put new mulch down. I’ve trimmed the dead flowers from my hydrangeas and done some basic pruning on other plants in the yard so that they aren’t touching the house. I finally found the time to also clear a large pile of tree limbs and rotted leaves from our back yard. These were the remains from a tree we had to cut down last year that was growing too close to our foundation. Lastly, I cleaned out a bed at the end of my driveway where I’ve never have much luck growing things aside from weeds. I decided to plant some hen and chicks that we used for our wedding centerpieces. These are pretty hearty plants, so we will see how they take.
What’s on the to-do list?
Next up I’ll be tackling more of the front yard and other beds around the house. I’ve really only made a dent on one side of our home. I’m thinking after the weed and feed has had some time to set, I’d also like to put some new grass seed down in a few areas of the lawn. I also have a whole line-up of roses along the back side of the house that need some love and pruning. Not sure that it is rose-pruning time, but they will need to be cut-back. With the big tree gone they are growing like crazy, happy to get more sun.
Hopefully I can keep up the motivation to keep working on the yard. A great yard just makes the house so much better looking. Plus, with the grass now being regularly maintained, I’ll have one less item on my to do list—amazing. I can’t wait to get back out there and do more!
What is your Spring yard maintenance routine?