Use a small rake to clean up smaller debris, such as small sticks, leaves and dead grasses. Optionally, you can place it in your compost pile. If not, you can pack it up and take it to your local recycling center. Cleaning up small debris will make your garden cleaner and easier to cut.
It will also facilitate the start of new landscaping projects. The first thing you need to do is prepare. Get a large bottle of water, put on lightweight, breathable clothing, and keep a towel handy. If it's too hot, it's a good idea to apply a little sunscreen all over your face and body to avoid tanning.
You can also choose to apply an organic or traditional “pre-emergent” herbicide. The best time to apply a pre-emergent product is when the temperature in the top inch of the soil has been 55 degrees F for five consecutive days (often in March and April). Once the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees, annual weed seeds begin to germinate. Once you can see weeds in the grass, a pre-emerging herbicide won't be effective.
Also, consider using a lawnmower that returns grass clippings to the soil. This saves you time and energy, while improving the condition of your lawn. Because grass clippings contain up to 90 percent water, the clippings dry out very quickly. It's almost as if the grass clippings are disappearing.
In addition, this returns 25 percent of the nutrients to the soil, a fantastic fertilizer. I never considered the fact that leaving leaves alone in the beds can act as mulch. My wife wants to install 2 new flower beds in our backyard so that spring brings life to our patio. We'll have to hire a landscape contractor to dig up the areas.