At this time of year, you’re probably not thinking of your backyard all that much – you’ll see it through the window a few times a day, but it’s unlikely you’ll be out there at all, and you may not be considering that it needs much maintenance either.
However, if you want to keep your yard looking good, you need to work on it all year round. The good news is that doesn’t automatically mean you have to go outside – planning is just as important as practical work. With that in mind, here are some things to do now to keep your yard looking good.
Plan For The Spring
By the time spring comes along, you’ll want to have a good plan in place to ensure your yard looks wonderful. If you leave this planning too late, you won’t know what to do and you won’t have enough time to get everything done. Since gardening isn’t always necessary during the winter, you can use this time to plan how your yard will look when the weather gets better.
You can plan how your flower beds will look, you can think about the furniture you want to get, you can decide on which experts you’ll need to keep the yard looking good through the summer – TruGreen Lawn Care is a good example of professionals to get in touch with and book in before there are no appointments left. Whatever it is you know you’re going to need for your backyard by spring, plan for it now, and you’ll be ready to make the most of your yard when the time comes.
Although you might not have much to do in terms of weeding, mowing the lawn, and generally tidying up your plants and flowers, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work to do outside, so if you are keen to get some fresh air, make a list of the repairs that need to be done – when you start looking, you’ll be amazed at how many jobs you find to do.
Start with your fence, as it’s the element in your yard that’s most likely to need some work, and one of the most important as well – after all, your fence is what keeps your garden private and ensures any pets and children don’t wander off. If there are any problems with the fence, now’s the time to make repairs before they get worse, and so your yard is ready to be used in the spring.
Your fence isn’t the only thing to take care of; broken paving slabs, water features that don’t work, sheds that don’t lock properly, and so on can all be fixed now.
Start A Compost Pile
If you want your backyard to look good, you’ll need to ensure the soil you use to grow things is in the best it can be, with all the right nutrients. The ideal way to do this is to make compost yourself, and the winter is the ideal time to start this process.
Making compost is so simple, and you just need to find a good place to do it. A lot of people like to take a plastic trash can with a lid and place it in the corner of the yard – they’ll then put any organic waste, such as food scraps and raked-up leaves, into the container. Over time, it will all break down (you can turn it over from time to time if you want to), creating a wonderful compost to use in your yard. As an added benefit, composting is a sustainable way to live as well.