Tulips are working their way towards blossoms, trees are trying their darndest to show a little green, and chirping birds have returned. While Mother Nature prepares for the color onslaught of summer, you might still be stuck in the winter doldrums - especially during these days when our yards look defeated after several months of snow cover.

You can break free from winter’s grip sooner than you think by starting to take care of your yard right now. Here are some tips to get started on a long, lush growing season.

Tune Up

Make sure your tools are in excellent working shape before you start the season. This means sharpening blades, tuning up your lawnmower, and checking on all your hand tools. If you use a leaf blower, power tiller, electric shears, or other power tool, make sure that the are in perfect working order, too.

Clean Up

Start with the big stuff, like broken branches, garbage, and shrubs that didn’t survive Old Man Winter’s grip. Then move on to raking up leaves that you might have missed last fall. Not only will you get up any remaining renegade leaves, but you’ll also aerate the soil, help it prevent fungal growth, and even help it to warm up faster.


Mulching can add organized beauty to your garden. But don’t add too much. Most experts recommend a depth of between two and four inches; anything more is overkill, and could even be detrimental to plants and trees.

Don’t Forget The Patio

Your patio, sidewalks, and other paved areas need attention in the spring, too. If any gravel or rock has escaped from its bed over the winter, now is the time to rake it back into its proper place. If you have pavers, fill in any gaps between them with new sand or stone dust. If the freeze-thaw cycles have caused your pavers to buckle, then remove them, recondition the base, and replace.

You can follow these four tips right now and get a head start on your spring cleanup. If you need help managing your properties, give DuAll Services a call. We are experts at exterior maintenance, and our landscaping teams are more than efficient workers: they’re artists.

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