Spring clean your yard and garden
So much of our attention with spring cleaning is focused on the inside of the house, and while getting rid of the clutter and getting organized is important, there are plenty of things to take care of in our gardens as well.
Icy winds and winter conditions can take their toll on our trees. Branches and twigs on the ground should be cleaned up prior to starting work on your lawn. Broken branches still attached to the trees need to be removed before they fall and cause additional damage. If the branches to be removed are large, close to power lines, or are not within easy reach, we strongly recommend calling in a professional to deal with the situation.
Renovation and insurance
If you have a large renovation job in mind, you might need new insurance coverage based on any changes you make, so be sure to get a quote. Your insurance company will need to know details of your renovation project to ensure you have all the necessary coverage. For example, it is important to inform your insurance company if your renovations will keep you away from your home for an extended period of time. Any contractor you hire should also be insured, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Plants and gardenwork
Another popular springtime renovation is adding brick paths and walkways. Clay and cement bricks are durable and less likely to crack than plain concrete, so it can be a worthwhile investment in addition to looking good.
If you’re thinking about doing any planting, Lynette Kirton, horticulture specialist for Vandermeer Nursery* in Ajax, says a common mistake customers make is not being prepared, and coming in without a clear plan. “I always tell customers they don’t realize how much money they’re wasting by buying plants just because they like the look of them or they’re on sale.”
Kirton says she also sees far too many would-be gardeners planting flowers outside that belong inside, or not taking into account the plants they already have in their gardens.
Something important you can do in the fall to prepare for spring is to apply dormant oil spray to trees, shrubs and roses (but not evergreens). “It covers the trees and shrubs in a fine mist of oil that helps protect them from insects and diseases,” says Kirton. “And it’s environmentally friendly.”
*belairdirect is in no way affiliated or connected with Vandermeer Nursery.