It’s time to rake up those leaves and get back in the Spring of things! Tackle a little early spring maintenance now to get your yard ready for the growth spurt to come. Spring cleaning will be a breeze with this handy guide to remind you of all of those easy to forget areas. Get a jump start by using our guide to spring cleaning backyard edition.
Inspect Fencing and Outdoor Structures
Walk by every inch of fencing around your house looking for rotting wood, broken boards, leaning points, or holes beneath the soil. This is especially pertinent if you have pets in the backyard. In the same fashion, inspect your outdoor structure for any signs of decay or support and foundation issues.
Get to Your Gutters
The winter rainy season has most likely washed leaves, sticks, branches, and who knows what else into your gutters. Make sure that there is nothing obstructing the flow of water. This will make your gutter last longer and prevent any drainage issues around your house next season.
Don’t Forget the Patio Furniture
It’s time to break out the patio furniture and inspect for any problems with the frames or the cushions. If you’re patio furniture is in need of a touch up, you can make due by giving your wooden furniture a fresh coat of paint.
And Those Weeds
The favorite chore that everybody loves to hate. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to pull out some weeds. Pull from the base to remove the root from the soil. This will keep them from growing back. After pulling spread pre-emergent weed control to the beds. Give us a call for some help to scare the heebie jeebies out of weeds.
Give a Little Love to Trees and Shrubs
Prune any dead or damaged branches. Do a visual inspection for winter freeze damage that could stunt the growth of your plants. Don’t get too attached, whatever you cut off will grow out and blossom in the next few months!
Get Your Garden Growin’
Prune flowering perennials to 4-5 inches in height. You can use snail repellent to get rid of snails. There are also a few ways to get rid of aphids in the garden. Because of its seasonal nature, the garden should always be on your spring to-do list.
You know spring has arrived when you can serve garden-fresh radishes and lettuce for supper. Enjoy the finest flavors of spring with these semi-hardy veggies that can tolerate some early spring frost. Cucumber, melons, and other warm-weather veggies should be planted in high spring, after the threat of frost is past.
Get the Grill Ready
Now the barbecue grill isn’t exactly part of the backyard but it might as well be a part of the family during Spring and Summer. Dump out any old coals and give it a good soaking. If you have a propane grill, make sure that you let any water air out of the propane lines or else your grill won’t ignite. Make sure there aren’t any spider webs in gas line.
Let There be Lighting
Now’s the time to check for any lighting issues. Replace burnt out bulbs. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you may have to troubleshoot wiring around the house. It’s not a bad idea to replace all of them at the same time so that brightness is balanced across the entire outdoor area. You can always give us a call if you think you are in need of an upgrade to LED.
Keep Water Features Flowing
Flush out bird feeders and outdoor fountains to keep the water lines clear and free of obstruction. Remember, it’s always best to use distilled water to prevent calcium stains! Don’t have one? Browse our gallery for fire and water features that will take your backyard to the next level!
Wide Open Windows
Last but not least, dirty windows are hard to hide. Grab a bottle of Windex and a fresh roll of paper towels. Make sure that you clean all of the corners and the surrounding frame to whip your home into shape for Spring!
When it comes to backyard cleanup, many homeowners don’t have time to fiddle with fussy plants or deadhead endless blooms. And we get that. That is why we offer landscape maintenance services. We want homeowners to enjoy their landscapes, not dread them. Check out all of our general maintenance services we offer.
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