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Tips to Prepare Your Yard for Spring

Hardscaped flower bed with red and yellow flowers.

How to Prepare Your Denver-Metro Yard for Spring

Getting your yard and outdoor plants ready for spring involves several key steps to ensure they thrive during the growing season. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you prepare:


Clean Up

Start by cleaning up any debris, such as fallen leaves, branches, or dead foliage, that may have accumulated over the winter. This will prevent pests and diseases from taking hold and allow your plants to breathe.



Trim back any dead or damaged branches from trees, shrubs, and perennial plants. Also, prune back any overgrown areas to encourage new growth and maintain a tidy appearance.


Soil Preparation

Assess the condition of your soil and amend it as needed. Add organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve soil structure, fertility, and drainage. Consider performing a soil test to determine if any specific nutrients are lacking and adjust accordingly with fertilizers.


Weed Control

Remove any emerged weeds and apply mulch to suppress further weed growth. Mulch not only helps to smother weeds but also retains moisture and moderates soil temperature.


Inspect Irrigation Systems

Check your sprinkler system or irrigation equipment for leaks, clogs, or damage. Ensure that it functions properly and adjust settings for the upcoming growing season.


Divide and Transplant

Spring is an ideal time to divide and transplant perennials that have become overcrowded or outgrown their space. Dig up clumps of plants, divide them into smaller sections, and replant them in suitable locations with fresh soil.



Consider adding new plants to your garden or replacing any that didn't survive the winter. Choose plants that are appropriate for your climate and growing conditions. Spring is also a good time to plant summer-flowering bulbs and annuals. Follow our Spring planting guide to learn more. 


Pest and Disease Prevention

Inspect your plants for signs of pests and diseases. Remove any affected plant parts and consider using organic pest control methods, such as neem oil or insecticidal soap, to manage infestations.



Apply a balanced fertilizer to provide your plants with essential nutrients for healthy growth. Follow the recommended application rates and timing for different types of plants.


Monitor and Maintain

Throughout the spring season, monitor your yard and outdoor plants closely. Water them regularly, especially during dry periods, and look for signs of stress, such as wilting or yellowing foliage. Stay proactive in addressing any issues that arise to ensure your plants thrive.


By following these steps, you can effectively prepare your yard for spring, setting it up for a season of healthy growth.

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