As what to some parts of the US has seemed like a relentless winter draws to an end and the start of spring is just weeks away animals’ behavior begins to change. Hibernations come to an end, birthing of offspring takes place and preparation for renourishing after the food scarcity of winter begins.
As animals become more active we humans should begin preparing a strategy to protect our homes, yards and gardens from the onslaught of pest animals that accompanies the plant-growing season.
Below is a list of several tasks that can be completed in the late winter/early spring that will have your animal repellent arsenal well stocked and your protection action plan prepared:
- Look for sales on your favorite animal repellent products – Often times manufacturers and retailers offer “Pre-Spring” sales which may make buying now more economical than it will be later in the Spring when demand for lawn and garden products is greater.
- Check your tool shed – Inspect your gardening and lawn work tools and look for handles that need replacing, blades that need sharpening and bearings that need greasing. Better to have your tools prepared than to not have what you need when you need it!
- Check fences and other animal barriers – As the snow melts back it become easier to inspect fences and other physical barriers. Make a list of any repairs you find needed and secure the repair materials that are required. When the weather allows you to make the actual repairs you will have everything you need on hand.
- Tend to some of your trimming and pruning tasks – After the frost season has ended it may be the optimal time for pruning and trimming some plants such as crape myrtles and roses. Remember to check a trusted gardening source to ensure the best pruning time for your specific plants and area. Getting some gardening tasks done early may free up time later that you can dedicate to other tasks.
- Begin cleaning up winter brush and refuse – Many pest animals look to nest and habitat in fallen leaves and in brush piles. As more and more of the ground begins to appear from beneath the snow the easier it becomes to find and clean up any refuse missed in the fall or that has resulted from winter storms.
- Inspect your yard for unwanted animal tracks – As you are able to venture further into your lawn look for deer and other animal tracks left in the remaining snow. Animal trails in your yard may be a good indicator of areas that need extra protection from intruding animals. Deer and other animals are creatures of habit and once they establish a pattern of travel they will likely stick to it. Applying the right animal repellent strategy around and on active animal trails in your yard may save your yard and garden from avoidable damage in the spring.
Chances are it has been a long cold winter and as a gardener or landscaping enthusiast you are ready to get your hands dirty and your lawn greened-up! Fortunately the late winter is a great time to re-engage your gardening activities while accomplishing some very valuable tasks!