Spring is so close we can taste it. And while we love to spend our time outside working in the yard, we really love getting to enjoy the beauty of a perfectly manicured lawn. Or as close to perfectly manicured as we can get. Point is, landscaping is no easy task, especially if you’re new to this kind of thing. Here are our best landscaping hacks to help you out in the coming spring so you can get the most out of your yard.
Have a Heavy-Duty Tarp on Hand
If you’ve got a big landscape project you’re going to tackle this spring, invest in a heavy-duty tarp to make moving piles of weeds, leaves, soil, or small rocks a cinch. You’ll just pile it on your tarp and drag it where it needs to go. Tarps are also handy when it comes to digging holes because the dirt you dig up can rest easy on the tarp until you’re ready to fill it as well as cold bursts in the weather after you’ve started planting. All you have to do is cover your plants with your tarp and anchor it down so it doesn’t blow away, and your plants should stay warm and cozy.
Ward Off Weeds With Boiling Water
This hack works best on weeds that grow up in between the cracks on sidewalks, near garages, on driveways, etc. (We’ll explain why in a second!) What you’ll do is fill a pot with water, allow it to come to a rolling boil, then simply dump it on the weeds you’re trying to kill and it will take care of them instantly. Now, the reason you want to limit this to weeds that are growing in cement is that boiling water can affect the plants growing around the weeds, but it won’t affect the cement.
If you’re going to be working in your flower beds this spring and need to do some edging, consider working with a natural edge. Not only are they less maintenance, but in the future, if you decide to change things up, you can with ease.
Plant in Pots
If you’re worried about your annual plants and herbs taking over your garden, try planting them in the pots they’re in. To make the transition easier for them, mix a little fertilizer and potting soil inside the pot, then take care of your plant as you normally would.