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Spring Clean Your Garden: Tools and Tips for Outdoor Spaces

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Spring Clean Your Garden: Tools and Tips for Outdoor Spaces


As spring arrives and the weather warms up, it’s time to prepare your outdoor spaces for the season ahead. A good spring cleaning of your garden, patio, yard, and other outdoor areas will make them look tidy, function better, and be ready for parties, playtime, gardening, and relaxation.

In this article, I will share my favorite tips and tools to help you spring clean your outdoor spaces from top to bottom.

Assess The Areas Needing Attention

Before getting started, take stock of the areas in your yard that need some tidying up.

  • Make a list of any garden beds, planting areas, patios, decks, pathways, lawn areas, play structures, outdoor furniture, and accessories that need attention.

  • Look for areas with accumulated leaves, weeds, moss, debris that need clearing out.

  • Check if any outdoor structures or furniture needs power washing, scrubbing, repainting, or sealing.

  • Decide if any plants need thinning, pruning, or fertilizing.

  • Determine if the lawn needs dethatching, aerating, mowing, or re-seeding.

Making a checklist of tasks will help keep your spring cleaning organized and efficient.

Gather Your Outdoor Cleaning Tools

Having the right tools on hand will make outdoor cleaning much easier. Here are some must-have items:

  • Garden rake, leaf rake – for removing debris

  • Hoe, garden shovel, trowel – for turning soil, removing weeds

  • Garden shears, loppers, hand pruners – for pruning plants

  • Broom, mop – for patio, deck, siding

  • Pressure washer – for bigger washing jobs

  • Scrub brushes, sponges, buckets – for washing outdoor surfaces

  • Trash bags – for weed and debris removal

  • Gardening gloves – to protect your hands

Having these essential yard cleaning tools ready will make the work go faster.

Clear Away Winter Debris

One of the first spring cleaning steps is removing debris that has collected over winter.

  • Use a leaf rake and garden broom to remove leaves, sticks, and other debris from garden beds, patios, walkways, and lawn areas.

  • Clean out rain gutters and clear any drains to improve drainage.

  • Gather up any garbage or items that have blown into your yard over the winter months.

  • Prune away dead branches and stems from plants and trees using loppers and pruners.

Thoroughly removing wintertime debris will give your yard a fresh start for spring growing.

Remove Weeds And Moss Growth

Spring is also a great time to remove weeds and moss that can take over outdoor areas.

  • In garden beds, carefully pull out weeds by hand or use a hoe to loosen soil and remove root systems.

  • For patios or walkways, use a pressure washer to blast away moss and weeds growing in the cracks.

  • On driveways and sidewalks, apply weed killer to prevent unwanted growth.

  • For lawns, use a dethatching rake to remove moss and a selective herbicide to prevent weeds.

Controlling weeds and moss growth now will prevent headaches later in the season.

Freshen Up Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture often needs some special care after sitting through the winter months.

  • Remove fabric cushions from patio furniture and wash or replace as needed.

  • Use a mild detergent and scrub brush to wash away dirt and mildew from outdoor furniture frames, tables, and chairs.

  • For wood furniture, sand down any splinters and apply a protective sealant.

  • Wipe down metal patio furniture with a cloth soaked in vegetable oil to prevent rust.

  • Use touch-up paint on any patio furniture with chipped paint.

Take time to clean and fix up your outdoor furniture so it’s ready to use and entertain on.

Wash Windows, Screens, And Outdoor Surfaces

Spring is a great time to give exterior surfaces like windows, screens, siding, and decks a deep clean.

  • Use a sponge or soft brush with warm soapy water to scrub outdoor windows and window screens.

  • Turn to a power washer (or garden hose) to blast away dirt on siding, decks, driveways, and patios.

  • For tough mildew stains on siding, apply a cleaning solution and scrub with a bristle brush, then rinse.

  • Clean outdoor ceiling fans and light fixtures so they’re ready for the season.

Washing down all exterior surfaces will make your house shine and your outdoor living spaces sparkle.

Prep Planting Beds And Garden Areas

Your plants need some love too after winter. Here are tips for refreshing garden beds:

  • Remove any dead plants and cold-damaged foliage.

  • Prune back overgrown perennials and shape overgrown shrubs.

  • Turn compost and fertilizer into the soil to enrich it.

  • Divide crowded perennials and transplant any plants that need moving.

  • Clear out space to add new plants or seeds for spring and summer blooming.

  • Add a fresh layer of mulch around plants to enrich soil as it breaks down.

Revive your garden beds and planting areas so they are ready for a new growing season.

Power Up Your Lawn

Your lawn needs some TLC too after winter. Here’s how to get it green and lush:

  • Rake the lawn to remove leaves, debris, and thatch buildup.

  • Aerate the soil with an aeration tool to improve oxygen flow to grass roots.

  • Re-seed any bare or thin patches in your lawn.

  • Apply a pre-emergent herbicide to prevent weeds.

  • Fertilize to feed the grass and boost lush growth.

  • Mow regularly once growth kicks in.

  • Water deeply 1-2 times a week if rainfall is lacking.

With some care, your lawn will thrive and become your outdoor showpiece.

Boost Curb Appeal

Some finishing touches can instantly boost your home’s curb appeal as you prepare for spring entertaining.

  • Plant flowers like pansies and snapdragons in containers on front steps and the patio.

  • Add a fresh coating of paint or stain on the front door and outdoor fencing.

  • Clean out and refresh planters, window boxes, and other outdoor containers.

  • Set out new doormats and attractive outdoor decor items like benches, wind chimes, and birdfeeders.

  • Install landscape lighting along paths and yards to illuminate your space.

Put your best face forward with these simple projects to elevate your home’s curb appeal.


Spring cleaning your outdoor spaces thoroughly sets up your home and garden for success when warm weather arrives. By removing debris, clearing weeds, power washing surfaces, and refreshing your lawn, garden, and furnishings, you’ll create an inviting outdoor oasis ready to enjoy. Invest time this spring prepping your yard and outdoor areas, and you’ll reap rewards all season long.

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