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Has Spring Sprung in Your Yard?

As the days get longer and the ground thaws, it’s tempting for many homeowners to express their authority over their lawns and garden. Here are some tips on how to satisfy the outdoor urge and get a jump on your gardening.
Avoid cleaning up your flowerbeds. Stray leaves and mulch act as a buffer to emerging bulbs against the cold snaps that are likely to come as spring makes its full debut.
• Never work with wet soil. Walking on wet ground will compact the soil and suffocate the roots beneath.
• To satisfy the urge to dig, put your efforts into the compost pile. Add leaves and soil to keep it nutrient-rich.
• Prune trees by the end of March, before the leaves come out and the sap starts to run.
• Lightly rake the lawn. It will look better (by ridding it of snow mold, weed grasses — caused by too much water exposure — and dead patches) and help you to assess the extent of any damage.
• Apply a lawn fertilizer at half the recommended dose. One month later, apply a full dosage. Avoid applying too much nitrogen in early spring, however, or you will spend most of your summer mowing!

Source: Daisy Moore, garden designer and horticultural consultant. Visit www.daisymoore.com for more information.



SPRING
Maintenance Tips


Spring is here, and warmer weather is just around the corner. It’s also a time that traditionally results in wide fluctuations in temperature and weather conditions. By following these tips, you can ensure that your house is water-resistant and ready for almost anything Mother Nature has in store.

• Clean and secure the eaves, trough and downspouts.
• Fill cracks in the foundation or basement walls.
• Extend the downspouts so that water drains away from the home.
• Check that the sump pit and the sump pump are clean and operable.
• If you don’t have a sump pump, make sure the floor drain is clean and unencumbered.
• Inspect your roof for loose shingles.
• Clean the window wells of debris.
• Change the furnace filter.
• Test your smoke detectors and install new batteries regularly.
• Clean electric baseboard heaters.
• Have a qualified technician check your furnace, air conditioner and heat pump.
 
 
     
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