Strategy for Spring Yard Cleanup
The warm weather of spring brings us out of our winter hibernation and into the mild, sunny outdoors. Then we ingest a lungfull of pollen, catch a glimpse of what the brutal winter has done to our yards, and then duck inside for some antihistamine and a few moments to regroup.
As you consider how pretty your property could be with colorful blooms and manicured mulch, you wonder how you will ever have the time to get it back to the point at which you would not mind inviting a few friends over for a casual evening of burgers and dogs on the grill. When you factor in soccer, baseball and softball schedules that are also jam-packed this time of year, the calendar seems unrelenting and a pretty yard an unattainable pipe dream.
Luckily, spring is a time of turmoil. High winds, thunder, lightning, driving rains and hail move through as if ushering out winter for good and holding the door wide open for spring. When such a storm does work its way through our area, I casually turn on the weather so everyone in the family hears the storm watch and warning announcements.
I then conjure up my most shocked face and mix it with my concerned, serious voice. With a distracted attitude, I anxiously announce, "We've got to get everything secured. We don't want that metal dump truck in the yard to become a deadline projectile!"
Once I start stacking plastic chairs and shoving them up against the house, the boys and Hubby gladly pitch in to clear the yard of potential projectiles. Every now and then, as I'm dragging a planter filled with herb seedlings to a safe location, I will calmly suggest that the bikes and air pumps be put away neatly so we don't end up with a cluttered garage.
I also strongly suggest that broken toys and trash be thrown away. And since we are throwing things away, I note that we might as well get the bits of trash that migrated onto our property over the winter months as well.
Those heavy downpours typically result in the cancelation of outdoor sports activities. Once the practice or game is cancelled and then the sun reemerges, we have a short window of time to accomplish spring yard work. With enough windows, a beautiful yard will emerge, rendering the property backyard barbeque worthy in no time.