Spring is here! I don’t know about you, but I just can’t wait for spring to come every year. Spring brings warmer weather, colorful flowers, and longer days of sunshine. Spring comes to the Uncompahgre Valley much earlier than it does to the surrounding San Juan Mountains and West Elk Mountains. After being cooped up inside during much of the winter weather, spring is a great time to brighten up your house and tidy your landscape.
Start with some decluttering
Clutter tends to pile up in everyone’s houses, especially when we aren’t able to get outside as much. Start by getting rid of things you don’t need. Then start organizing. Find ways to save space and make your house feel more open. Studies have shown that a disorganized house can lead to higher stress levels. Organize your closets, organize your desk or office area, and be sure and go through that junk drawer and get clean it out. You may be surprised at how refreshed you feel after cleaning out the clutter!
Think green when you clean
Many products and cleaning chemicals contain various ingredients that are toxic, especially if you breathe them in or if they get on your skin. Steam cleaning is not only a “green” way to clean, but it is also very effective. There are now also many natural cleaning products available in stores now that are free of all the harmful ingredients. Colorado is known to be a more eco-friendly state and because of this we have easier access to natural cleaners. If you don’t want to buy a bunch of different cleaning products, vinegar, water, and baking soda can do a lot!
Weed out your landscape while the weeds are small
Spring is when you need to get ahead of the weeds. The moist ground combined with the smaller size of weeds will make them easier to pull out. While your at it, look for areas in the landscape that may need more mulch. Mulch can help slow down or prevent the growth of those pesky weeds. Spring is also a great time to trim those trees and bushes to give them room to breathe and get more sunlight down into other parts of the plant.
Plant some flowers or a tree
The garden centers are about to get busy! Planting some annuals can give your house an easy pop of color for the spring and summer. If you prefer more low maintenance plants, look for flowers, bushes, and other plants that are native to Colorado. They are usually less appealing to deer and other critters, and they handle our weather and the environment very well and live on for many seasons. Spring is also a great time to plant trees as they have all summer to grow and get their roots established before winter comes.