Just as you think you can’t bear anymore dull, dreary days, spring swoops in. Summer in Pennsylvania is one of our favorite times of the year. We cannot wait for the lush foliage and bright green grass of the warmer months. But before summer gets here, we suggest you follow our guide to essential outdoor prep for the summer months!

Prep Your Mower Blades

It might be tempting to cut your grass short so that you don’t have to mow as often, but it’s better to let it grow tall. We suggest raising your blades to 3” in summer so the grass height helps to shade the roots. The higher the grass blades are, the better they are at taking in sunlight, nutrients, and water. When grass grows fast, you’ll have to cut it more often. But it’s worth it.

Tackle Shrubs and Plants

The pre-summer months are also a great time to prune shrubs that won’t bloom in the summer or fall, and divide overgrown plants. Be sure to look up instructions on how to prune your particular bush or shrub. A general rule of thumb is to cut out any dead branches and prune no more than one-third of the remaining plant.

Plant Summer Annuals

Warm-season annuals include marigold, zinnia, and impatiens. These plants grow and flower best in the warm months of late spring, summer, and early fall. After planting, water the bed thoroughly. Young seedlings or transplants may need water once a day in warm weather, but as they become established, you can gradually cut back.

Give Your Hardscape Some TLC

Summer is a great time to apply a sealer to natural stone hardscapes. Before applying sealers read all the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, and test the sealer in an inconspicuous area to ensure you will be happy with the results. Apply sealers early in the day before the surface of your hardscape gets too hot. Remember, a good cleaning may be necessary first.

Get Grill Ready

Before you even think about flipping that first burger, make sure your grill is clean and ready to go. For a quick clean up job, you will need a stiff wire brush, a spatula, tongs, a cloth, and vegetable oil. First, preheat your grill for 15 minutes and then turn it off. While the grill is still warm, scrape the grate with the wire brush. Next, grab the cloth with the tongs and dampen it with the vegetable oil. Use the tongs to rub the oily cloth over the grill grate. Once these chores are completed, your outdoor living space will not only be summer-ready, it will be stronger and ready for the next change in the season when it gets here.

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