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Backyard Ready Spring Checklist

Posted by: Kris Kiser, President & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Backyard Ready for Spring Checklist

The family yard is extension for the home – providing a respite from stress, offering an outside entertainment area, expanding living space, and giving kids and pets and a safe place to play. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute offers this checklist for getting the yard ready for spring showings (for sellers) or enjoying (for new buyers).

  Take Stock of Equipment: Need to update, upgrade or replace outdoor power equipment, like a lawn mower, hedger/trimmer or edger? Want to install a water solution like a smart irrigation system? Now’s the time. At the very least get the lawn mower serviced and its blade sharpened so it’s ready for action.

  Clean Up: Walk over the lawn and clean up any debris that has collected over the winter. A leaf blower makes quick work of sprucing up flower beds.

  Fix Bare Patches: A carpet of turfgrass is a welcome invitation for kids and pets to play and sets the scene for the outdoor living room. Overseed bare patches to fill in the lawn.

  Right Plant, Right Place: Plan out the plants that will be used in the yard. More than knowing what the plant needs (sun, shade or a bit of both) – the Golden Rule of Right Plant, Right Place is about considering lifestyle needs, too. Sturdy, yet soft foliage should go near pathways. Delicate plants should be placed in patio pots or elevated planters. Toxic plants should be avoided when pets are in the picture.

  Mulch: Mulch creates a polished look around flower beds, shrubs and trees. It also provides a buffer from hot temps and keeps water where it’s needed – at the plant roots.


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