No matter your weather, this is peak time for spring yard cleanup! From pruning to crabgrass prevention, here are 10 tips to cover all you need to know now. There’s a right way to care for your yard, lawn, and garden beds.

Lawn and yard care is all about being proactive. We put a lot into our home and property, so it’s time to refresh our memory on what’s next.

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“For obvious reasons, I spend most of my time emphasizing what you should do in the lawn and garden,” says gardening expert Paul James. “But occasionally, I emphasize what you shouldn’t do. After all, gardening, like life, is full of dos and don’ts.”

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Nothing can ruin summer quite like mosquito bites. In addition to causing a persistent itch, mosquitoes can also carry serious diseases. Viruses like Zika and West Nile pose health threats to your friends and family, and heartworm is a mosquito-borne disease that puts both dogs and cats at risk. It’s important to gain control of these insects in your yard as early as possible. Rainy conditions in the spring create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to thrive once the weather warms, so now the time to take action.

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Avoiding these common landscaping mistakes will save money and time down the road.
The best garden I’ve ever had was in my mind’s eye — before changing whims, funky soil and various predators have had their say. Still, I’m successfully putting my brand on what had once been an open expanse of lawn.

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Rejuvenate Rejuvenate is “addition by subtraction.” By taking away the scruffy overgrowth, a plant can focus its renewed energy on the remaining branches and leaves. Proper pruning enhances the charm of almost any tree and shrub. Benefits of Rejuvenation Pruning Removing damaged and dead limbs increase plant health Reduces safety and liability concerns—for instance, blocked…

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Landscaping is the new frontier. Where you used to spend money on shoes, now you crave a lush lawn. Don’t be scared of making the investment in good landscaping. Turns out, in the end, it pays for itself. Does investing in landscaping add value for homeowners? Citing an economist, Anna shares that good landscaping can…

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Choose a nice sunny day and fertilize your winter pansies, violas, and ornamental cabbage. It’s also a great time to deadhead any unsightly or damaged flower heads. Be sure to also remove any seed pod stems. Fertilize your winner flower displays with products that contain “nitrate nitrogen” for plants growing in cold soil. Bare-root roses…

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