The winter of 2013-2014 is one that many Canadians will soon want to forget. Although it may not feel like it in many parts of the country, spring is here! Your friends at Weed Man are busy preparing for the upcoming season. When the weather typically turns on a dime and the snow melts, lawns usually don’t look very good. Particularly this year, in many parts of the country where snow fall amounts were much higher than normal, homeowners will need to be prepared to nurse their lawns out of winter dormancy. Here are some helpful early spring tips to get you own your way: 1. Spring Raking. If you haven’t already done so, confirm your Weed Man lawn care program. Take some time to walk your lawn and look at all areas. You will likely see debris and discoloured patches everywhere. You may feel like your lawn is a mess. As long as it’s not too wet (no standing water), the best thing you can do is to rake your lawn. This will remove debris such as old leaves and maybe even salt build up near the road. It will also create much needed air circulation for those trodden down areas that are likely infected with a disease known as snow mold. Combined with an essential application of Weed Man’s high quality slow-release granular fertilizer, raking your lawn is the best thing you can do to make your lawn be one of the first on your street to green up in the healthiest way. 2. Check Your Lawn Mower. Before starting your mower for the first time sharpen the blades, replace spark plugs and check the oil and air filters. If you need to take it to the shop, do it as soon as possible before they get really busy and that first mowing is delayed because you are waiting for your lawn mower to be serviced. 3. Check your Garden Hose & Sprinkler. Before you know it, you’ll need to water either your lawn or garden to help new plants get a healthy start. Take some time to inspect your hoses and/or sprinkler system. Make sure your water lines are in good working order. Also check to make sure your sprinklers are delivering a proper pattern and are not leaking. Whether you’ve over seeded your lawn, or planted new shrubs or flowers in your garden, a working hose and sprinkler with no leaks will ensure a trusted an efficient water supply is available if required. 4. Organize Shed/Garage. Taking time to re-organize and clean the storage area where you keep your lawn and garden equipment always makes spring chores go much smoother. Empty everything out sweep/hose off and clean all walls, floors and shelves. Now, as you start to put everything back, decide what you need and what can be sold, thrown out or donated to charity. The less junk you have in the way during the season, the easier it will be to access things. 5. Create a Compost Pile. Choose a location far away from your house and pile your grass clippings, dead leaves and even kitchen scraps. Consider using a composting container so family or neighbourhood pets/wildlife can’t access it. Turn pile once weekly and you’ll soon have a nutrient-rich mixture to spread on your garden. 6. Mulch Your Yard. Mulching around the bases of trees, shrubs and in flower beds helps keep your plants warm, retain water and in warmer weather prevent weeds. Don’t over mulch. The layer should be 2-4 inches high max. 7. Prune Roses, Shrubs and Bushes. Get your plants and shrubs off to a good start by pruning plants that don’t bloom in the spring. Remove the deadwood and while maintaining the natural shape of the plant. 8. Prepare Garden Soil. Use a shovel to turn the dirt over and a pitch fork to break the soil up into smaller pieces. You can also add fertilizer, peat moss and other nutrient-rich material to create a great environment for new and existing plants. Turning over the soil and adding nutrients will create a more fertile environment for your prized plants. 9. Clean and Flush Eaves troughs. Ideally this should be done before the spring rain starts. Remove debris from your eaves troughs and downspouts. Doing this protects your foundation from water damage, keeps water out of your basement (hopefully!) and keeps the heavy downpours from flooding any plants under your eaves. 10. Clean Patio Furniture. The best way to bring on spring is too pull out that patio furniture, dust off the cobwebs and set it up for another season of outdoor enjoyment with family and friends. Enjoy your yard!