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An integral part of taking care of your gazebo is taking care of the landscape that surrounds it. As February comes to a close, we know Midwesterners aren't the only ones itching for spring. Here are a few tips to prepare your garden and gazebo, pergola or pavilion for beautiful spring weather.


Plan Lawn Repairs: Given that it is still technically winter, there are some things that can't be done until the weather warms up. But that doesn't mean you can't be prepared. Take note of anything that needs touching up. Mulch is a big one, along with uneven steppingstones or corroded patio bricks. Keep record of future improvements as to waste no time when the time is right.


Clean Up: Clean up your lawn by picking up sticks, twigs, leaves and other left behind debris. Brush heavy snow from bushes, shrubs and tree branches. When the snow has melted, rake your lawn to remove dead growth and winter debris.


Clear Drainage Ditches: Leaves and debris gather in drainage areas over the winter. Now is the time to snare that spring rains will have adequate runoff space.


Plant early spring vegetables: Soil is ready for gardening once it is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily. Some favorites for early spring planting are peas, lettuce, spinach and leeks.


Repair Trellises and Fencing: These are easiest to repair in early spring because there is less growth to work around and fewer roots to disturb. However, setting new fenceposts should wait until after the initial spring rains.


Prepare for spring now. Your gazebo will thank you later.

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