06 May 2019

With Mother's Day around the corner and winter finally in the rearview mirror, we can focus on our spring and catch up on hitting open houses and checking out the new listings.

With our spring market off to a record-breaking start, I get to spend much of my time visiting people’s beautiful houses and checking out the latest and greatest in design and décor trends. I am always inspired and impressed by a well-maintained home.

While they say you should not judge a book by its cover, I find myself particularly drawn to homes that give an excellent first impression before you even reach the front door. If you are anything like me and you enjoy spending time in your garden, you will be anxious to get out there and get things cleaned up for the season.

For those who aren’t seasoned gardeners, I am happy to share a few of our tips and tricks for getting the green back into your lawn and garden.

First, avoid anything too heavy on your lawn while the soil is still spongy and the weather is unpredictable.

It is no secret that aeration is probably the best fertilizer for your grass. It is well worth it to start early with good aeration. Next comes fixing patches that have appeared in your lawn, adding top dressing and overseeding (the process of adding seeds across all your grass). It would be ideal to wait and do the seeding when the warm weather is more consistent, after any chance of another hard frost.

It’s a great time to prep the garden beds, rake and remove the winter ground cover and embrace the new plants as they pop their tops through the soil. It is also a good time of year to engage the services of an arborist for any trees that may need attention or maintenance.

Spring also offers the perfect opportunity to divide perennials, prune your shrubs, trees and flowers, and build new flower beds. You may want to consider adding more bee-friendly plants to your garden this year.

After you finish all that work in the garden and on the lawns, you may want to take that tax return and book a vacation. Just remember to have someone water the plants!