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Don't Forget To Look Up When Doing Yard Work.

Spring is showing up early here in Tucson – grass is starting to turn a slight shade of green, bushes are fluffing up and, the trees have been growing – even through the winter!

This means is yard work!  It’s time to take a look around your property and begin prepping it for the upcoming seasons – including monsoons that sometimes can show early.

Here are some tips:

Start by looking up – prune your trees and clear them away from roof eaves and roof tops!

Weeds.  If you live in an HOA – weeds are tops on the list of violations – so here are some tips especially for combatting weeds.

  • Pre-emergent is not a bad idea although many weeds have already begun pollenating and sprouting here in the desert.  Though it won’t take care of existing weeds, it will prevent more from growing.
  • Get a handle on weeds before they get out of control – easiest way – pull them or use a hula hoe and a rake.
  • Be cautious when using certain types of weed kill – lots of folks love a ground clear product –but it can be poisonous to breathe in because it lingers for months in the air.  Go green on chemicals and keep it safe for yourself and your pets.

After trimming, raking and mowing – be sure to give your plants some water – and plant food if you have flowers!

This is also the time of year that bugs start to emerge – if you have a lawn make sure when you aerate it, fertilize with a summer and bug guard afterwards.  Again, think about going green - natural chemicals such as chrysanthemum based bug treatments are much healthier than strong chemicals.  If you are unsure how to handle bugs - call a pest control company such as Arizona Pest to do it for you!

Consider hiring a landscaper – if you do not have time to handle the yard.  This is a suggestion I make to all my tenants.  Most landscape needs – such as weeds and trimming bushes – doesn’t take a landscaper much time – especially if done on a regular basis and isn’t ask expensive as you might think. 

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Comment balloon 7 commentsGabrielle Kamahele Rhind • February 29 2012 04:37AM


Thanks for the tips, Gabrielle!  It'll be another month or two before the spring weather hits Rochester, NY, but I'll be sure to save these tips for later!  Have a great day!

Posted by Gary Wolyn (Keller Williams Realty) about 7 years ago

Good morning, Gab.... all I can say is thank the Lord for landscapers.... once a week the crew shows up and the yard is always in mint shape....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 7 years ago

I decided a couple of years ago to let the lanscape company and weed/pest people handle the trimming, weed control and pest control. 

Posted by Surprise Arizona Realtor Jim Braun Sun City Grand Active Adult Communities, Surprise AZ real estate Phoenix West Valley (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Jim Braun Sun City Grand Az ) about 7 years ago

Good morning Gabriella,

Our spring is in full bloom with our 70 degrees's early for us..hope we don't get a blast of cold to destroy all our spring growth!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) about 7 years ago

Good morning Gabrielle. I loved your creative title and enjoyed the post. In New Jersey my crocus came and went, and today my daffodils are here and snow may come later........

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 7 years ago

Great blog post and tips! Here is some pest proofing advice for anyone living in Southern AZ. :-)

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Screen vents and openings to chimneys.
  • Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home, including areas where utilities and pipes enter.
  • Store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles.
  • Replace weather stripping around windows.
  • Eliminate all moisture sites, including leaking pipes and clogged drains.
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house; keep shrubbery well-trimmed.
  • If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, call 886-PEST to inspect, identify and treat the problem.
Posted by Caleb Tennenbaum about 7 years ago

Great post! Excellent tips!

Thanks for sharing,


Posted by Adam Malachi, QSC,CDPE,CIPS,CNE,CRB,CRS,GRI,MRE,SFR (A 2 Z Realty LLC) about 7 years ago

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