Take a deep breath.
Do you smell that? That, my friends, is the smell of spring. It has finally arrived! It feels good, it looks good, and it smells good—like freshly cut grass, blooming flowers, and… your neighbors dog’s poop thawing from the long, cold winter.
With the end of the ice age that is Alberta weather comes some surprises. Some fun— like waking up one morning and realizing the trees have finally grown their leaves back in, even though it seems like just yesterday they were bare—some not so fun—like the thawing poop. Either way, you need to be prepared for all of springs gifts, the pretty and the ugly. So that’s what we are going to try to do: help prepare you.
Lets discuss your front and backyard.
It may seem simple enough: the snow melts, the grass turns green, the flowers grow back in, and everything is so picturesque it could be on a Hallmark card. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind. While the melted snow becomes amazing moisture for your lawn, keep a close eye on the amount of water your grass is getting. Supplement if needed—sometimes nature doesn’t always do its job.
With your garden all thawed out and ready to blossom, make sure you are cleaning up any debris that got trapped under the snow, along with freshening up the soil by removing all weeds and adding fertilizer! The place your plants get their nutrients from needs to be just as well kept as the plants themselves! Check out our ‘Spring Hacks’ article for a great, secret fertilizer that you don’t even have to pay for.
Many people put out bird feeders in the spring for all the cute little baby birds. After all, the babies need energy for flying lessons! If this is something you did last year, make sure you do it again this year. Birds go to the same places for the summer, just as they migrate to the same areas in the winter. If they know there is food in the feeder in your tree, they will come back. Don’t disappoint them! Buy some bird feed and watch the lil’ things chirp away.
Finally, fix up anything outdoors that got damaged during the winter! Look especially at gates and things that are rooted in the ground. As the ground constricts and expands in the transitions from cold to hot, things often get shifted and suddenly your gate will no longer close. It’s nothing a hammer can’t fix. Just make sure you get on it before the summer hits and it becomes a nuisance.
Take care of your home and it will take care of you. Don’t procrastinate all the little fix-er-up jobs that spring produces. Get them done, and get ready to enjoy everything you’ve worked so hard to maintain! Have fun!