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April 13, 2013

Now is time for yard repair, preparation

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Stepping stones and pavers can generally be replaced or adjusted easily by the do-it-yourselfer. The key, Schmitt said, is the base: “Three or four inches of gravel or a round stone, compacted, with about two inches of sand on top of that.” A properly prepared bed will mean fewer adjustments and repairs in the future. 

For bigger jobs, it might be best to call in a professional.

Another project that the homeowner should tackle in the spring is adding mulch in spots where it has started to break down. Wood chips, compost or shredded leaves all suppress weeds, retain moisture and eventually enrich the soil. 

It’s also a good time to prepare for new or returning tenants. Clean out the bird houses, and get hummingbird feeders ready (mid-May is the right time to hang these).

And if it’s still cold, or even snowing, clean and oil your garden tools. Spring will certainly arrive, and when it does, you’ll want to be ready to enjoy it.

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