Depending on where you live in the United States, winter was likely not very kind. But now it's time for spring cleaning and sprucing up your outdoors.
Home improvement often begins in the yards and, after cleaning up and taking care of the yard waste removal, a few strategic landscaping upgrades can quickly transform your outdoor spaces.
Winter Weather Often Means Major Spring Cleaning
The winter of 2022-2023 is officially over. However, many regions across the country were still experiencing very winter-like weather conditions going into the end of March.
Take California for example.
After suffering through drought since 2000 and experiencing the worst “megadrought” in 1,200 years, the western United States has seen severe or extreme drought conditions over more than 81percent of the region. In fact, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of September 28, 2022, almost 93 percent of the western United States was experiencing drought or abnormally dry conditions.
However, thanks to record snowfalls, rain, and extreme weather patterns, at least the drought has lessened considerably.
While the winter weather was mixed bag of extremes and record-breaking events, for most of the country, cleaning up in the aftermath is is a necessary part of the spring activities.
So, what better time than now to not only engage in some major outdoor spring cleaning, but to also take advantage of the better weather to make some backyard landscaping improvements?
Simple Tips for Backyard Improvements After Spring Cleaning
Once the debris and other yard waste has been picked up and removed, it's time to consider your grand plan for making some "upgrades" to your backyard space.
One of the seemingly downsides to planning outdoor home improvement projects is that sheer number of options available to you! There are so many things you could consider for your yard, even if it is a relatively small space.
As the folks at The Spruce put it in an article on this topic,
"In a nutshell, what is the best way to go about beautifying my yard?" It's a tough question to answer. There are so many variables in do-it-yourself landscaping, such as budget, skills, the climate of your region, your personal design tastes, how you'll be using your yard, etc., but there are certain steps you can take that are so sound that they readily suggest themselves as answers to this question.
We put together some of the best suggestions and pointers put out from various experts in the field and came up with five simple tips for backyard improvement. We put them together in this handy checklist to help you in your own project endeavor!
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So, to summarize a bit, here are five easy tips for planning your spring backyard landscaping project:
- Determine your needs and wants
Make a list of what you want to achieve with your backyard landscaping project. Do you want to grow vegetables? Do you need a play space for your kids? Do you want to be able to gather on a patio around a fire pit table? Or on the lawn with an in-ground fire pit?
- Think about location
Study the sun and wind patterns in your backyard. You might want to place a patio or small deck on the west side of the house, but keep in mind that this means it will get lots of afternoon sun. And could lead to some uncomfortable outdoor dining in August, for example. Take note of air currents and wind. A poor location can mean wind that will quickly extinguish a fire pit.
- Spend time in your landscape
Spend some time in your backyard before you start planning your landscaping project. This will help you understand what you like and dislike about your current landscape and what you want to change. Grab a lawn chair and spend some time sitting at different locations around your yard to give yourself different perspectives.
- Start small
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a big landscaping project, so start with a small area of your yard first and gradually work your way up. In addition, sticking to an initially small outlay of cash will be a welcome alternative to putting thousands of dollars into a project you decide you don't really like after all.
- Find a focal point
Every backyard should have a focal point that draws the eye and creates visual interest. Don't limit your landscaping upgrades to plants. Include hardscape features, too. A fire pit or water feature, for example, can serve as a focal point.
Of course, before you can start on any of this, there is going to be the issue of getting rid of all the winter weather yard waste and debris that needs to be cleaned up. Then, once you've finished your grand outdoor upgrade and backyard improvement project, there will likely be more debris and junk that will need to be hauled off.
The good news is that this is a part of the cleanup and improvement project that you don't have to do yourself. With a simple call to Junk King, all your yard waste and spring cleaning debris and rubbish can be hauled off and disposed of quickly, easily, and affordably.
The Expert Team for Your Yard Waste and DIY Project Debris Removal
As we've pointed out here already, yard waste and outdoor debris can come in many forms.
Winter storms can leave tree branches, twigs, and leaves strewn across your yard. And, if you were unfortunate enough to suffer some major weather, there may be damaged roofs, fences, and other outdoor structures that require repairs and cleanup.
And if you do decide to take on a major gardening or landscaping project, you can be sure it will leave dirt, trash, and debris everywhere. Or maybe you already have a large amount of junk and clutter in your yard that you didn’t had time to clean up before winter hit.
Whatever it may be, Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly yard waste removal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of your yard debris.
Our experienced debris removal team will break down and haul off any types of yard waste you have. Unlike the backseat of your car, our junk removal trucks are made to handle those dirty yard debris items.
Our professional and insured yard waste removal team will show up at your home or office, and we’ll call 15 to 30 minutes before we arrive on site. Once there we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your junk takes up in our truck. You just point, and we haul the debris into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
So, ready to take care of your "after winter" yard waste removal? We make it simple.
You can make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).