|Shortcuts offered to make yard work easier this spring|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Spring is in the air—a time for rejuvenation and renewal... and for getting the yard back in shape.
Like most Americans, people love their garden and the budding trees of the new season, but don’t want to spend all their precious weekends toiling away at yard work and lawn care.
Here are some easy shortcuts for getting yard work done in less time and with less effort this season:
—Take the easy way out. When doing yard work, it’s easiest to stand—constant kneeling and crouching will tire people out sooner and make them more likely to experience back and knee pain later on. If one needs to get low to the ground, bring a low stool to sit on.
And give the body a break by transporting all the tools in a kiddie wagon. Or people can use a collapsible wheelbarrow with a wire frame and nylon bag. Choose a lightweight one that also stores easily and compactly in a garage or tool shed. They are available at home improvement stores and online.
—Get the right tools. Choosing garden tools with longer handles will also reduce bending and kneeling. One may want to use tools with padded grips, although gardening gloves are always advisable since insects and spiders can lay dormant in dead foliage and debris.
Consider using add-ons to the current tools to increase efficiency.
—Hone the focus. “Most people immediately think of their lawns when they think of seasonal yard work,” says Chris Seigneur, Senior Product Development Engineer for Blount, the makers of PowerSharp. “But trimming dead branches from your trees and shrubs will ensure their health and add to the beauty of your home.”
People should also clear plant beds of dead foliage, which can smother budding greenery and foster disease. And when reseeding the lawn, it’s best to stay off it for at least two weeks to allow the grass to grow.
Lastly, some more permanent fixtures can save time and effort in the long run. Native plants and flowers will grow more easily since they do not need the care and attention of exotic transplants. And an automatic sprinkler system will keep the yard lush and green with little thought.
With these adjustments to the yard tools and routine, people should be able to spend more time outdoors enjoying their yard than trimming its trees and shrubs. And isn’t that what the weekend’s for?