The birds are chirping, the temperatures are rising, and your yard needs some attention. That can only mean one thing. Spring is here! While many of us enjoy ushering in warmer temperatures, it comes with a necessary seasonal yard clean-up. Without it, your lawn and any plants can become buried under debris. This can lead to brown spots on your lawn, not to mention some major curb appeal issues.
If you don’t know where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here are some yard clean-up tips for Spring as well as information on how to get dispose of all that debris you’re about to get rid of.
5 Yard Clean-Up Tips
1. Survey the Damage
Before you can even begin cleaning, you need to know what lies ahead. Put on some old shoes and take a walk around your yard to see what kind of debris you have. Any winter storm damage may have left behind large twigs or branches. There are bound to be piles and piles of leaves and maybe even garbage that has blown around from the street or your neighbor’s yard.
Once you have an idea of what is around your yard, you can start to think about how to tackle it.
2. Get the Right Tools
Part of knowing how to clean-up your yard is having the right tools. A rake is not going to cut it. You’ll want to have some other items on-hand to get the job done right. This includes:
- Garden or Work Gloves
- Twine for branches
- Paper waste bags
- Pruning scissors
Depending on the amount and type of debris you have, you may not be able to leave your bags by the curb. Heavy yard clean-ups may require you to rent a dumpster. This will make it easier to clean your yard because you can throw your debris in the dumpster. If you are also getting rid of any broken lawn furniture or anything else lying around, a dumpster is going to be your best bet.
3. Start Cleaning
This is the tough part. Now it’s time to start raking and picking up debris around the yard. You’ll want to wait until everything dries out because if you rake over wet grass it can tear it out by the roots. Then, you’ll have more work to do. Once everything is dry, you can start to rake.
If you have a leaf blower, this can help to make large piles of debris easier to pick up. Be sure it’s not a windy day because this will take much longer than it should.
4. Don’t Forget the Flower Beds
Any gardens or flower beds will have to be cleaned out so that they can be prepped for the new season. This requires removing dead plants, twigs, and anything else that needs to be cleared. This will help you to see what you have to work with for the new season.
5. Get Your Lawn Mower Ready
While your grass may not be ready to be cut just yet, this is the perfect time to make sure your lawnmower is working. Before you know it, you’ll want to give your grass the first mow of the season. Check to make sure it starts properly and that you have fuel for it. You may also want to have the blades professionally sharpened. Doing all of these things before you actually need your lawnmower will help you to be more prepared.
Do You Need a Dumpster for Your Spring Yard Clean-Up?
If you need a dumpster for your spring yard clean-up, Sweitzer Waste Removal is here to help. We have dumpsters available to rent in a variety of sizes to suit your needs. Call us today at 203-245-8840 or reach out to us online to get a quote.