Spring has sprung and It’s that time of year again to get yourself outside to cross these home maintenance jobs off your to-do listing:
You will have the best results if you are able to remove the screen from the window completely; use a hand vacuum to lift loose spider webs and dust out of the screen, and if that isn’t sufficient, use a garden hose to wash it down and then allow the screens to air dry in the sun prior to reinstalling.
Giving your siding a good wash is the first step at achieving curb appeal. Dust and dirt from the colder and darker months accumulate easily on siding, and usually more heavily on the side of your home that faces the street due to traffic distributing dust. Single-story homes can easily be cleaned by hand, or with the help of a pressure washer. Use a ladder, several rags, along with a bucket of warm water to maintain your siding, and then use it as an opportunity to make sure that the exterior including soffits, window seals and gutters are in good shape also. For 2+ story homes, use an extendable wand to wash siding on upper stories.
Spring is the perfect time to maintain your ac system. Bring in local pros for a quick checkup or review these DIY tips and make sure that it’ll be functioning efficiently and without problems as soon as you want it to cool the entire house.
A sealed driveway not only boosts curb appeal, but also helps to keep the integrity of your driveway so it can last more. Take advantage of this time of year and devote a day repairing and and resealing your driveway. In case you have a gravel driveway, spring is a fantastic time of year to rake on a new layer of stone. It will reduce weeds and improve your curb appeal.
Sharpen pruning shears, sharpen your chainsaw, sharpen your lawnmower blade . Fill up your gas can for the lawnmower, make any oil/gas mixes your little tools need, and refill the spool in your string trimmer too.
Do a soil test to check the acidity prior to you putting new seed or nutrients. In case you have acidic soil, lime is a superb nutrient to include since it is going to encourage growth of existing and new grass seed. You may also aid in the health of present grass with a slow-release fertilizer; you are going to want to help it absorb, so the ideal time to spread lawn fertilizers is right before it rains.
Lawn aerating and dethatching can be also a good springtime job; if the soil is compacted, aerating can help aid growth of grass and help it thrive all summer. Do it in the fall for best results.
Insect control can be managed all summer and spring, but familiarize yourself with all the products available, especially products that effectively prevent a multitude of pests (ants, grubs, ticks, fleas, spiders) and have them accessible at home so you can be prepared to act when pests pop up.
Before all of the weeds sprout, make sure to landscape you garden beds. Odds are, if you mulched in the fall the product that you set down will probably still do a good job blocking weeds in the spring, but should you have to redistribute mulch, or include extra landscape fabric to block weeds, spring is a good time of year to tackle this.
Additionally, it is a great time of year to transplant ground cover, or place new plants into your beds. Utilize the spring showers to your benefit at helping the roots of these new plants take hold, and water frequently so that they are ready to withstand warmer temperatures .
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