Garden Tips: Getting Your Yard Ready for Spring

The weather has finally turned and that means not only can you enjoy the outdoors, it’s time to get your yard ready for spring planting and backyard barbecue season. Here are three projects to tackle this weekend:

1. Prune roses

Prune your roses before new growth emerges, to shape the plant and encourage new growth that can produce lots of buds. Here are instructions that will keep you in bloom.

2. Divide perennials

Plants like irises and hostas can spread like wildflower, but they are healthier when they have space. Anything that’s grown to be two to three times its size needs to be dug up and divided. Here’s what you need to know.

3. Get a handle on weeds

Weeds can make all of your hard work in the garden look messy. Pull weeds when they’re small to avoid having them go to seed, creating more weeds. A good layer of mulch will also help. Experts say a two-inch spread will hold moisture and discourage weeds.

Garden Tips: What to Plant and When

 

It’s time to add color and depth to your yard. If you’re headed out to your local nursery, here are plants that are ready to take root:

Trees and shrubs

The Farmer’s Almanac predicts a mild and dry spring for Midwest planting, and trees and shrubs love cool conditions. Make sure you give them plenty of water for the first few weeks to keep them healthy and happy.

Annuals

Add quick color with annuals. Plant them in beds or containers on your porch and patio for instant beauty.

Perennials

Perennials are great because they come back year after year, lessening your workload. Here are 12 that do well in the Midwest, according to Midwest Living magazine: Coneflowers, butterfly weed, Lenten rose, Virginia bluebells, hardy geraniums, black-eyed Susans, allium, panicle hydrangeas, sedums, Russian sage, goldenrod, and aromatic aster.

Full-Spring Ahead!

During the colder months most of us make a pretty good dent in our sofas by spending lots of time getting all cozy and dreaming of warmer weather. We were ecstatic to hear that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow (yippee!), because at Art Van, we dream of warmer weather… and redecorating. If you feel the same impulse to create, we’re here to remind you that a little rearranging goes a long way. You’d be surprised how different your favorite chair looks three feet to the left.

Now that we know spring is arriving sooner than we expected, we really have the urge to freshen up the furniture and maybe toss on a fresh coat of paint in one of the super hot colors for 2011. If the “it’ color Honeysuckle is too out there for you, there are plenty of other color options to put a spring in your step.

Gray is still the neutral that reigns supreme. It’s the go-to color for walls, floors, furniture, and fashion. We love how well it goes with what you already have, but also how it brings out the vivacity of brighter colors like orange, fuchsia, and green. Speaking of green, what other color paints a better picture for the promise of new beginnings? There are various shades you can use to give your home a fresh feel, and this color is especially good for accent walls and accessories.

Before you start with all of the heavy lifting, try redecorating with our Room Planner. This free tool allows you to input all your room dimensions and contents so you can see how different arrangements will look. Then shop online or come in to see all the exciting new designs blooming in our showrooms, the Clearance Center, and Scott Shuptrine Interiors design studio. And don’t forget, our fun Spring Design Classes will be happening soon, so make sure you check the Special Events page at artvan.com to find out when and where we’ll be bringing spring to your town!