Spruce Up Your Garden

Spring is here and your backyard is beginning to bloom -- it’s time to throw on some gardening gloves and hit the dirt. Bachelorette runner-up and star of HGTV’s new show Going Yard Chris Lambton shares his spring-cleaning tips for sprucing up your yard.

Chris Lambton in backyard

Landscape architect and former Bachelorette contestant Chris Lambton will be transforming neglected backyards into gorgeous outdoor spaces on his new HGTV show Going Yard. He shares with us his simple and cost-effective tips for making your yard the envy of the neighborhood this spring.

Read more about Lambton's engagement to former Bachelor contestant Peyton Wright >>

Out with the old

Most of us are familiar with the organizing, purging and dusting associated with spring cleaning inside our homes, so let’s not forget to apply this to our outdoor sanctuaries, too. Lambton says, "Clean out all of your flower and vegetable beds." Leaves, sticks and twigs all provide good insulation for our yards during the winter months, but aren’t necessary come springtime.

Chris Lambton's landscaping tips

Keep it natural

Keep your yard eco-friendly by using the right mulch. Lambton explains, "A quick and easy fix to make your yard look great is a nice pine-bark mulch." This mulch will keep down weeds and hold in moisture, in turn allowing you to water less. "It smells great, too," he says. Plus, it will break down over the year and fertilize your plants naturally. Just be sure to avoid any dyed mulch.

Chris Lambton's landscaping tips

Save with perennials

"Accent your flower garden with some great annual flowers," says Lambton. "Impatiens are my favorite," say Lambton.

But perennial flowers bloom year after year, offering a beautiful and money-saving option for your garden. "Spring is a great time to split larger perennials," explains Lambton. "Instead of buying more hydrangeas or black-eyed susans, you can simply split the root ball of your existing ones and even quarter them if they are big enough. This saves you time, and more importantly, money."

Learn more about the best perennial options for your garden >>

Chris Lambton's landscaping tips

Time to rearrange

"If you don't like where one of your evergreens or perennial flowers were last year, now is a great time to transplant," says Lambton. "Just make sure when digging up the plant you leave a good-sized root ball," he explains. "Water immediately after planting and continue watering daily for at least the first week or two so you don't lose the newly transplanted item."

Yard accessories

Don’t forget to add that finishing touch with some simple yard accessories. Lambton recommends adding beautiful accent stones to your garden. Use smaller stones to make a path or position larger stones in the middle of plants. "This will give your garden a path to walk through and a different texture," he explains.

Lambton’s final advice is to sit back and enjoy the work you've done!

Want to check out more of Lambton’s eye-popping backyard transformations? Going Yard premieres May 12 on HGTV.

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Tags: backyard maintenance

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Comments on "Bachelorette runner-up Chris Lambton’s spring-cleaning tips for your yard"

Mia April 26, 2013 | 7:33 PM

Jayne D.. Some talent is inborn and not EVERY 'job' NEEDS a degree..! Chris did a good job on the sites shown. I recently typed a thesis for someone going for their masters in nursing and could not believe anyone could GET a Masters Degree with that drivel..!! If Chris can do as good a job as he does with no formal education, more power to him.

Suzanne E April 20, 2012 | 9:10 AM

Interesting few comments here. Anything that promotes landscape architecture and the interest in nature is good in my book. The only problem is that people associate landscape architects with backyard renovations.......which for me couldn't be further from the truth. I actually am bothered when people say that they are landscape architects +/or landscape designers and aren't.

Denise April 11, 2012 | 10:48 AM

Great article & tips about spring cleaning tips for the yard. Excited to see "Going Yard" show in a few weeks.

Jayne D. April 09, 2012 | 8:10 PM

Just found out that he has no design or architect education/training. He should not be described as a 'landscape architect'. This looks to be another reality personality grabbing their 15 minutes and faking out the viewers. For those of us putting in time with school,studies, student loans and hard work, Chris should be more honest with his background experience. I would respect him more and listen to his ideas if he was honest.

Jayne D. April 06, 2012 | 5:21 PM

Chris offered some good information. Curious to where he received his landscape architect degree? I looked around the web & on his site and there was no mention of professional training just his family maintenance business. I am looking to continue my design course work here on the east coast and now researching master gardener programs.

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