Now that the weather is beautiful, your family will be spending more time outdoors and want to have a beautiful environment to enjoy. That means spring yard cleanup! To make this chore easier, we’ll explore in this post the tools and techniques you’ll need to get the job done.
Basic Tasks for Spring Yard Cleanup
You likely haven’t touched the yard in several months, as winter wreaked its storms and cold air, so now there are tasks to do to get your yard ready. They include:
- Raking leaves and removing debris such as leaves, twigs, and other debris accumulated during fall and winter months. This will help prepare your lawn for new growth.
- Pruning trees and shrubs. Prune dead branches from trees and shrubs, but wait until after flowering trees and shrubs are done blooming to trim them as not to disturb their showy array.
- Clearing out flower beds to remove dead plants and flowers, and add new soil or compost to prepare for new plantings.
- Aerating the soil, fertilizing and mowing the lawn to promote healthy grass growth.
- Laying seed or sod to fill in bare spots in the lawn.
- Spreading mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture and suppress weeds
- Weed and pest control.
- Fertilizing with a slow-release fertilizer to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to grow strong and healthy.
10 Essential Tools for Yard Work
It’s always easier to perform a task when you have the right tools on hand. Here are the basic pieces of equipment you’ll should keep on hand for your yard maintenance.
- A good quality rake for removing twigs, leaves and other debris.
- Pruning shears or loppers for pruning dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
- Garden gloves to protect your hands from thorns, prickly plants and other yard hazards.
- A wheelbarrow to transport soil, debris and other materials around the yard.
- A sturdy shovel for digging and moving soil and mulch.
- A lawn mower to keep grass well groomed.
- An edger to achieve a neat and professional-looking edge around your lawn and garden beds.
- A leaf blower or vacuum to remove leaves and debris from hard-to-reach areas.
- A hedge trimmer to maintain shape and control growth on shrubbery.
- Safety equipment such as safety glasses and ear protection to wear when using power tools.
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When is it Time to Get New Yard Equipment?
Knowing when to replace your yard equipment depends on your individual needs and circumstances, but usually there are signs that it may be time to make the investment. Some things to look for include:
- If your equipment is older than 10 years and shows signs of wear and tear.
- If you are making frequent repairs, or your equipment has become unreliable, it may be more cost-effective to replace it.
- For maximum efficiency, like if your mower is struggling to cut the grass evenly, it may be time to consider a newer model.
- If your equipment is no longer safe to use, or is missing safety features, replace it.
- Environmental considerations. Older gas-powered equipment can be replaced with newer, more environmentally-friendly models that are more efficient and produce fewer emissions.
What to Do With Your Old Lawn Equipment and Yard Debris During Spring Yard Cleanup: Call 123JUNK
So that leaves the question on what to do with your old lawn equipment and the yard debris that you’ve collected during your spring yard cleanup.
The easiest answer, if you live in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. or the Maryland suburbs, is to contact 123JUNK. As a junk removal company, 123JUNK can pick up your old equipment and lawn debris and dispose of it in a safe and environmentally-responsible way. We provide:
- Free estimates and transparent pricing.
- Easy pickup from your home or business at a time convenient to you.
- Responsible disposal in accordance with local regulations and guidelines.
- Donation and recycling to a local charity or the appropriate recycling center.
- Professional service and experience with all types of lawn care equipment, including lawn mowers, trimmers, chainsaws and more.
There’s no need to sort through items for recycling, or haul away bulky items on your own. With 123JUNK, you’ll save time and effort by letting us handle removal for you, thus allowing you to focus on more exciting things—like lying in your hammock.
For to schedule your lawn debris and junk hauling appointment, contact 123JUNK today.