The weather is warming up, flowers and trees are beginning to bud, birds are chirping with more splendor, and spring is about to be sprung in coastal North Carolina. Now is a great time to get out and prepare your yard for the coming months of outdoor fun with family and friends. Giving your lawn a little extra love in the springtime can go a long way when it comes to enjoying your yard. Below are some ways to bring in bright touches to give your lawn and garden some instant eye candy.

Rake First. Get rid of the remnants of last season and give spring a warm welcome by raking away leaves and other debris that have gathered over winter. This will encourage healthy growth in your lawn and prevent disease.

Time to Prune. Your trees and shrubs can be beautiful additions to your landscape, but when they’re unkempt, they can detract from your property’s overall look. By trimming back, the long limbs of your trees and shrubs, you can make your yard look tidy, all while encouraging new growth!

Now the Color. There are several ways to add vibrant colors to your lawn by planting flowers, either in a bed or in planters. Annuals are great for gardeners who didn’t plan ahead and plant bulbs months ago. Pansies, petunias, and snap dragons are great choices because they like cool weather, add vibrant color, and grow well in containers.

Ideally, your spring garden will showcase both annuals and perennials, so try planting bulbs such as crocus, tulip, and daffodil that fare best when they are planted in the fall and given time in the garden to establish their roots. However, if you didn’t get bulbs in the ground months ago, you can still try planting them now. Be assured that if they don’t bloom this spring, they will stay in the ground and bloom next year.

Some hard-to-kill flowers for beginners include sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, and pansies. If you adore beautiful flowers with extended blooms, consider the perennial garden phlox that you can plant in early spring. Or you can broaden your flower pallet by trying lesser known varieties of iconic flowers. For tulips try white emperor, stresa, and Tsar Peter varieties. For daffodil try monal, pueblo, and narcisssus poeticus. Looking for something more unique? Try glory-of-the-snow, cape cowslip, flowering onion, and summer snowflake. This time of year the azaleas are flaunting their vibrant coats, and bring Southern charm to any yard.

Finish with Mulch. Adding fresh mulch to your yard has many benefits besides just making your lawn and plants pop. It also deters weeds, increases the number of beneficial microorganisms in your soil, helps keep soil temperatures stable, and maintains the moisture of your soil.

Beautiful blooms and vibrant plants make spending time in your yard a joy, giving you the perfect place for an afternoon cocktail or just a lovely space to relax in. If you’d like to revel in the natural beauty of the Albemarle Sound be sure to click and view special pricing and book your visit today! Guests enjoy a 3-day/2-night stay with access to the one-of-a-kind amenities offered at Albemarle Plantation. Kayak on the stunning Albemarle Sound, bike through the community and get to know the residents as you dine at the clubhouse. Take this opportunity to explore the area! After one visit we know you’ll want to call Albemarle Plantation home. Click here to view current listings and start enjoying a distinct coastal lifestyle.