Depending on where you live, snow and ice may have already given way to rain and mud in the aftermath of snowmageddon. The birds are chirping, the air is fresh, and the sun sets later and later with each passing day. It’s hardly the time to spend your days cooped up inside when what you really want is some revitalization from the fresh, spring air! If the weather is too nice for you to spend your time tackling spring cleaning your home interior, opt outside instead and tackle some of those early spring outdoor projects! Cleaning up your exterior will help give your home great curb appeal and also rejuvenate your yard for all those impending summer activities.
Just because the snow and ice have left your gutters doesn’t mean they’re clean–even if you cleaned them in the fall! Checking them again in the spring is a good idea to ensure that nothing has clogged them in the meantime. Winter storms can blow a number of debris around, all of which can make their way to your gutters. Prepare for the impending April showers by making sure your water drainage is all in working order. This includes downspouts, too.
While you’re checking out your gutters, it’s a good idea to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and see if your roof (and chimney, if applicable) has suffered any damage over the course of the winter. Look to see if any of your shingles are buckling, curling, or blistering. Inside, you can check for water damage in the event of a leaky roof. If you see a potential problem, call a professional roofing contractor! You can find more roof maintenance tips here.
If the exterior of your home is looking a little grimey, a thorough “shower” from your pressure washer might be in order. Be sure to start with the highest points of your house so you don’t end up washing dirt onto the areas you already cleaned.
If you have a deck, patio, porch, or all of the above, it’s time to rejuvenate that winter-neglected space for summer hangouts.
Before you can do much by way of lawn maintenance, clean up any trash that might have blown onto your property and dispose of it properly. Pick up branches and rake away dead grass and any leftover leaves. Gentle raking will also help perk up dormant blades of grass and give your lawn a little boost. An Aeration service can help if your lawn has become compacted and needs a bigger pick-me-up.
Your lawn could benefit from spring weed prevention. At this time of year, it’s best to use a pre-emergent herbicide which will actually prevent weed seed germination. These don’t work once the weeds have started to grow, however, so make sure you use them during the dormant season. You can read more about how to control weeds here.
If you choose to use a pre-emergent herbicide for weed control, you have to skip lawn seeding (or else you’ll prevent the grass seeds from sprouting). When you plant your grass will depend upon what type of grass you plan on growing. It’s best to do your research and plan accordingly. It’s best to contact a local lawn center or landscaping service if you’re unsure about lawn care maintenance.
If you’re planning on planting some, well, plants this season, you can start the growing season off right by sprucing up the areas. Remove weeds, uncover your existing plants, prune trees and shrubs, and enhance your garden and flower beds with a fresh layer of mulch.
We know that when it comes to outdoor home maintenance, your to-do list can just keep growing and growing–but getting a fresh start on these tasks can minimize the amount of work you have to do come summer. Because when it comes to Summer, everyone deserves to spend more time playing (and less time working) outside.
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.