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Fall-planted bulbs are already pushing up through the mulch, golf courses are opening, and temperatures are rising steadily. Spring is an exciting time in Minnesota. The melting snow and bright rays of sunshine serve as a welcome sign that it's time to put away the mittens and winter boots and prepare for another beautiful Minnesota Summer.
With Spring on the horizon, Minnesotans are ready, even anxious, to tackle yard chores. But not so fast! It is still a little early to get down and dirty in the yard. As you may be aware, early Spring often comes along with extreme fluctuating weather patterns. Most backyard chores should be put on hold until the threat of snow has passed. However, here are a few things you can do now:
Now is the perfect time to wash all that 'winter muck' off the backyard furniture and appliances.
There is a little saying in the landscaping industry - "If it's brown, cut it down". Grasses and other perennials should be cut back, opening the crowns to the sun’s warmth and early spring rains.
There are certain tasks that should wait until the threat of snow and cold has passed and temperatures are consistently warm . Annual flowers and container gardens should wait until the threat of frost has passed - usually mid-May. Here’s what not to do:
You will do more damage to the grass than good. Wait until the ground has thawed completely and is dry.
Leave the mower in the shed until May.
Even if your irrigation has been turned on, watering the lawn should wait until late May, unless we have abnormally dry conditions and high temperatures.
Now is the perfect time to do a little backyard tidying. Raking, mowing and watering should wait until temperatures are more consistently in the 60's and 70's. There will be plenty of time to get the spring chores done. For now, enjoy the guilt-free time spent walking around the lake or riding your bike along the trails.
If there is enough headroom, why not create a living room, dining area (with or without a kitchen), or kids’ play area under the deck? Put a hot tub in the corner. Add a fireplace. Extend the indoor living space under the deck.
Have you ever wondered how to make sparkling candle-lanterns out of ice? Here's a fun and easy way to add a festive touch to your yard.
Evergreen winter porch pots are a quick, easy, and festive winter decoration that will last from Black Friday to New Year's Day – and beyond.