When warm weather arrives many of us feel a burst of energy to get outdoors and shake off being cooped up all winter. Being in the fresh air feels good so it’s an incentive to sort through the garden gear in the garage and tidy up the yard and garden.
Along with the yard and garden it’s the ideal time to take stock of the exterior of the house and property to see how it’s weathered the winter. Take a walk around the house and look for signs of damage and what needs repair.
Here’s a checklist of jobs to keep your property and home looking its best. These jobs are little or no skill required so even a first-time homeowner can do them.
Lawn and Garden
- Make a clean sweep of the property and remove fallen tree branches, twigs and debris. Use a rake and an old tarp to drag around and collect and dispose of the debris.
- Give trees and shrubbery a good pruning and thinning to improve their overall health and appearance. Get advice from your local lawn and garden center.
- Pull weeds in garden beds and make a plan for adding new plants.
- Give the lawn a dose of fertilizer and a good first cutting with a mower and trimmer looking for bare spots to fill in and weeds to pull.
- Use an edger to manicure the lawn and garden to separate flower beds from the lawn and keep creeping plants in their place.
- Sweep patios, decks and walkways and remove debris.
- Use a power washer to clean patios, decks, kid’s outdoor equipment and any plastic or metal lawn furniture.
- Tune up the barbecue grill and lay in a supply of charcoal or propane so it’s ready to use.
- Get a bucket, heavy gloves and tall ladder to clean gutters and remove debris and dried leaves. Use a garden hose to flush them out and see that water runs to downspouts and into a splash block to keep water away from the foundation.When it’s raining, check out downspouts looking for any leaks and mark the leaks so you can fix them.
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