Prepping for Lawn and Garden Season

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Now that the spring temperatures seem to be sticking around, many homeowners have started the process of beautifying their yards and gardens.

A local home and garden shop owner talked about some of the popular items for the season.

“A lot of people want their yard to look nice, so they spend time manicuring it and making it look good,” said Christopher Altiere, president of Altiere’s Home and Garden Center in Boardman.

Altiere has a few recommendations to help homeowners get their yards and gardens in top shape.  A couple staples to start things off are top soil and grass seeds, he said.

“To re-seed the areas of the grass that have died off over the winter, or maybe died in the fall,” said Altiere.

Altiere said this is a great time for planting and mulching to help enhance the look of your flower bed.

“When you spread mulch, it makes your yard looks really nice right away,” added Altiere. “You can get black mulch, red mulch, brown mulch.”

One popular item and substitute for mulch, that’s catching on, is decorative stone.

“Instead of mulch, where you’re mulching every year, every other year, people buy decorative stone, and it’s more permanent,” said Altiere.  “You don’t have to do it every year or every other year. You might be good for 10 or 15 years.”

For those with a green thumb, the super soil is one of Altiere’s top sellers.

“Super soil, which is soil mixed with various compost and sands, and it’s enriched soil,” said Altiere.  “So, it’s great for flower beds or gardens.”

People might also want to consider adding some whimsical things to their yards, such as chimes, stakes or yard spinners.

“They blow in the wind, they catch your attention, some people think they look pretty,” said Altiere.

He also recommends people wait about a month to get their gardens ready.  If you plant too early, frost could wipe out your plants if they’re not covered.

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