Did you know that the first day of spring is coming up on March 20, 2018? Whether you’re interested in planting a few new trees and shrubs around your home or you’re thinking about undertaking an entirely new landscaping design, it helps to be prepared. In addition to making sure you have all of the tools you need to complete each project successfully, it’s also a good idea to keep your home insurance policy in mind in case something goes wrong during the process.
5 Spring Landscaping Tips Every Homeowner Should Follow
1. Sharpen Your Blades
Nothing will help you keep the exterior of your home looking great this spring better than sharp blades for your lawnmower and trimming shears. Dull lawn mower blades can leave your lawn vulnerable to fungal diseases. Additionally, trying to trim your hedges and shrubs with a dull set of shears is not only more labor intensive, but it could damage the tender branches before they fully develop. Sharp blades make it easy to cut more efficiently and leave your greenery looking perfectly maintained.
2. Inspect Your Trees
After a long and cold winter, the trees on your property may have cracks or broken limbs that should be pruned. Pruning or trimming your trees will help to keep them healthy and looking great all season long. Additionally, attending to any breaks of fractures will also help to prevent further breakage in the event of a spring snowstorm or heavy winds. Falling tree branches can pose a real threat to other structures and people on your property as well. Although most home insurance policies should cover any damages caused by a falling tree, it’s best to do what you can to prevent these types of accidents.
3. Add New Mulch
Protect your delicate trees and shrubs with a new layer of mulch this spring. With a protective layer of mulch on the ground around your trees and shrubs, you can naturally regulate the surrounding soil and prevent weeds from cropping up. Typically, it’s a good idea to apply about 3 to 4 inches of mulch around all trees and shrubs. Just be sure to leave a few inches of breathing room around the base of the trunk for best results.
4. Check Your Irrigation System
It’s almost time to turn your sprinkler system back on for the warmer months! Before beginning any new landscaping on your property, you’ll need to inspect your current irrigation system for any possible damage that it might have sustained over the winter. Take the time to carefully inspect the system for any leaks and damaged sprinkler heads. If you notice any damage, you should call in the professionals for help.
5. Start Planting
Spring is the best time of year to add color to your property with flowers and other plants because you’re sure to get plenty of sunshine and rain. Check out the Realtors Home & Garden Show for a bit of garden inspiration! Not sure if your home insurance policy will protect all of your hard work? The springtime is also ideal for reviewing your current policy to ensure you have the right level of protection to meet your needs and double check that you aren’t missing out on any valuable discounts.
Enjoy a Safe and Happy Spring Season
As your trusted local Wisconsin Home Insurance agent, we want to make sure that you feel comfortable with your home insurance policy as you tackle new spring DIY projects. Interested in learning more about comprehensive home insurance coverage, visit Erica Boll Insurance online today to request a quote.