Blog Garden Ideas to Get You Ready for Spring March 19, 2018March 21, 2018Chelsea WelshHome & Garden After a long and dreary winter, the sounds and smells of spring are starting to fill the air, and everyone is looking forward to spending more time outdoors and savoring the sunshine. But to be able to enjoy spring to the fullest, it’s important to first prepare your outdoor living space for the upcoming season. Follow these suggestions to get the most out of your outdoor space this spring! Take stock of your patio furniture. Outdoor furniture is exposed to the elements for much of year, which means that fabric will eventually start to disintegrate, wood will start to rot, and plastic will start to mildew. Do a once-over of your furniture to see what can be repaired, and what is damaged and needs replaced. Take advantage of pre-season sales, when prices are lower, to upgrade your outdoor furniture or try a new style. Plant perennials. Weeds have an unfortunate tendency to start popping up as soon as the ground thaws, so stay on top of them so that you’re ready to go when it’s time to start planting. Reference the Plant Hardiness USDA Zone Map to help you figure out the best time to plant, and when the time comes, plant those perennials! If you just can’t wait that long for some blooms to brighten your outdoor area, set out some small flowering baskets or flowering containers that can easily be moved indoors at night until you can start planting in the ground. Build a fire pit. A fire pit is something that can be enjoyed almost year-round, and makes a great gathering spot for your outdoor entertainment area, especially in the seasons it gets chilly at night. While you can get as fancy with your fire pit as you want, it’s remarkably easy to make an inexpensive fire pit if you’re not worried too much about its appearance. In addition, by adding a wooden cover to your fire pit, it can double as a table during the day. Add some atmosphere. If you want to feel like you’re on a tropical oasis, outdoor curtains are a must. Use a light, billowy material and scatter ferns and other greenery around the space to achieve the full effect. The curtains can easily be hung around a porch or pergola using a curtain rod and hooks, and will give your outdoor space a more secluded, intimate feel. Protect Your Home & Landscaping With Gutter Helmet® Protecting your garden and landscaping from soil erosion caused by overflowing gutters this spring is also important. The best way to do this is by investing in a gutter protection system and using only the best gutter covers, which you can get from Gutter Helmet®. You can even check out some of the rain gutter guard reviews available under the Success Stories page on our website to find out more. When you’re ready to have your gutter guards installed, all it takes is a quick call to (800) 824-3772 to find an authorized Gutter Helmet installer. About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.