The sun is shining, the trees and flowers are budding, and even the birds are chirping to the warm spring weather. You can forget about the long winter and start working on the appearance of your home's exterior. Although it’s relatively difficult to fix things in winter, you can’t avoid it during spring. Luckily, you don’t need a ton of gardening tools to make your outdoor spaces sparkle again this spring. Simply use our checklist, and everything will be fine.
Soil Testing Is Worth Your Effort
This is the time to test your soil so that you can identify nutrient deficiencies and respond with the proper type of fertilizer to make your plants thrive. A soil test will also tell you if you need to adjust soil’s pH level. Proper pH is critical to making the nutrients contained in fertilizer available to your plants. A periodic soil test offers you an opportunity to take action before it's too late.
Prepare for Pests
Keep in mind that pests will always come around. So the best thing to do is purchase a reliable pesticide as soon as possible to help you eliminate the pests from your yard. Conditioning your soil can also go a long way in helping you control the pests since most of them are usually attracted to weak and sickly plants. Well-conditioned and nutritious soil can deter the infestation of blackspot, aphids, and powdery mildew.
Get Your Irrigation System Ready
Winter can be rough to your irrigation system. The freezing and thawing can cause damage to your system so don’t hope that you will simply turn on the water and everything works perfectly. The time to check your irrigation system is before you need it. The best thing to do is go to the controller and turn each zone on manually. As you walk through each zone, check for sprinklers that are not rotating, leaks, irregular spray patterns, etc. All of these things are easily fixed, they just need to be identified before the hot, dry summer arrives.
Check Your Landscape Lighting
As the warm weather approaches so is the ability to spend much of your time outdoors in the evening. This is the right time to service your landscape lighting. Check for out of place or misaligned fixtures and burned out bulbs. Also check that your timer is set to the correct time.
Contact Irrigation Outlet today for more tips on how to spruce up your home’s exterior this spring.