Clay soil is often referred to as heavy. Water is absorbed slowly and spreads out, and clay can hold a lot of it. It’s best to water clay soils at a slow rate to allow it to soak in. Clay soil is prone to cracking when it dries out and roots can have a hard time penetrating it. The best amendments for clay soil are compost or organic matter to improve drainage.
Empty and spread the compost pile to protect tender perennial plants and add a layer of nutrient and weed prevention over the beds. Any compost that was not finished goes back into the pile along with the leaves and debris you raked up. Cleaning up garden vegetable beds will allow you to till in some of the compost and begin to amend them for spring.
This one is also really easy to build and you can use it to keep your garden or your lawn perfectly watered during those hot summer months. This is a pretty cheap one too, if you happen to have some PVC pipe and a few other key supplies on hand. It uses a sprinkler type system to put water where you need it – watch the kiddos with this one. They are sure to want to run through it when it’s hot outside.

Rocks and pebbles make great ground cover where you don’t want grass or mud. Try lava rocks in a range of black and grays for a stunning texture and unique look. Define sections of your landscape with mulch, it’s good for holding in moisture at the base of trees. Use pavers to create a path to the backyard or to the mailbox. Your feet will thank you for it.
Another unpleasant task in spring yard cleanup is dog waste disposal. It's especially unpleasant when you have to clean up after someone else's dog. There's not much you can do to stop litter, but there is something you can do to help keep other people's dogs from defecating on your property: Begin researching dog repellents. You don't want to be out there all summer long with a pooper-scooper. And no, don't compost dog feces, for the same reason you shouldn't try to compost cat poop: Carnivore feces contain pathogens, the removal of which through the composting process is best left to experts.
6. The People: If the previous five reasons aren’t enough to inspire you to hold off on cleaning up the garden, I’ll add one final reason to the list: You. There is so much beauty to be found in a winter garden. Snow resting on dried seed pods, berries clinging to bare branches, goldfinches flitting around spent sunflowers, juncos hopping beneath old goldenrod fronds, frost kissing the autumn leaves collected at the base of a plant, and ice collected on blades of ornamental grasses. At first, you might not consider yourself to be one of the reasons not to clean up the garden, but winter is a lovely time out there, if you let it be so.
Many gardeners believe that drip lines are the way to go with regards to irrigation systems. They definitely do have their benefits. You can line them up to perfectly water each plant and if you add an automatic timer, you can set it to water them at the right time of the day. Incidentally, you should never water your garden plants during the hottest part of the day – so set your timers to give them a drink around dusk.

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Yes, trees and shrubs can often profit from a bit of spring cleaning, too. Dead limbs and winterkill on branches should be pruned off. This is the easy part of pruning: Remember, you can't go wrong pruning off something that's already dead. And life and death are "color-coded" on trees and shrubs, just beneath their bark, with brown signaling death, green life. The key is determining where the brown ends and the green begins.
There are also many beneficial insects and pollinators who overwinter in soil burrows as either eggs, pupae, or adults. Some examples include the hummingbird clearwing moth, soldier beetles, and many native bees. Covering the ground with a layer of mulch too early in the spring may block their emergence. Hold off on mulching chores until the soil dries out a little and the weather warms.
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