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4 Simple Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Lawn and Garden

This post brought to you by Scotts®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Guess what? While you were being distracted with American Idol, the NCAA finals, or all the news on where Peyton Manning was going, Spring sprung. And, if your weather has been like our weather, you are also having record heat waves—very un-Spring-like, in fact. This has left me gazing out at my lawn and confused plants (Do we bloom? Do we not bloom?) and realizing that I need to extend my Spring cleaning to the outdoors, even if it does feel like summer.

Here’s how to get your lawn and garden into tip-top shop for Spring:

1. Clean out those beds.

Even if you live in snowy areas, chances are you had a mild winter. So, if your flower beds are like mine, they just look like a collection of dirty fall leaves with fresh flowers sprouting through. I mean, ew. Get in there and clean out all those old, crispy leaves. My guess is you might be surprised what’s sprouting (or nesting) under them.

2. Give your lawn some TLC.

My lawn is just as confused as the flowers and trees with this weather—parts of it are brown, while the other parts are blotchy green. It’s a sad state of lawn affairs. One of the best ways to get your lawn back to its beautiful self is with Scotts® Snap® Spreader System to feed your lawn. None of that weird guessing and sprinkling thing. With the Scotts system, you snap in the feed bag, lock into into place and then wheel it around the yard with the cool spreader. It automatically distributes just the right amount for your lawn. When you’re finished and remove the bag, it reseals itself for storage. (I.KNOW.) (PS: Join them for Snap perks on Facebook!)

3. Plan for mulch and edgings.

A lot of home and gardening stores have sales right now on mulch, edging and pavers. Usually, this time of year the snow is just melting off or the dreariness is lifting, so it’s the last thing on your mind. However, with the warmer-than-usual temperatures, it’s a great time to take advantage of those sales and stock up on the mulch and decorating edgings you need.

4. Don’t forget about container gardening.

Even if you have massive flower beds, containers placed throughout the beds and onto your deck or porch become an extension of your gardening. Get out those containers, hose them off and plant some of your favorite Spring flowers and vines in there. Or, if you’re like me and were too lazy forgot to bring the containers in for the winter, clear out all of the leaves and dried, dead plants. Again, you just might be surprised to find some new growth underneath. Bonus!



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