To the Editor:
It has been a long cold winter! As you start to hear the birds chirp and feel the warmth of the sun, you know that spring is right around the corner. Are you ready to go outside and do some yard work? Here are some tips on how to clean up your yard for spring:
First, clean up the leaves you missed in the fall. Also, pick up branches that might have fallen off trees in the winter. These activities will get your yard ready for the next steps.
Next trim ornamental grasses and bushes, pull emerging weeds, and lay mulch. Planting flowers will make your yard pretty and colorful. Just remember that annuals should be planted outside after the last frost. It is not too early to get vegetable and flower seeds started indoors.
Getting outside and doing yard work will enhance your yard. It will also benefit you because you are getting some exercise in the great outdoors. Maybe increased exercise was one of your New Year’s resolutions?
In addition, think beyond your own yard by volunteering to clean up neighborhood common areas, parks and schools. Let’s all take pride in our surroundings and community.
Eighth grader, Sycamore Middle School