As the air gets warmer, for home owners that means one thing: spring maintenance is on its way. As we wait for the last of the snow to melt, we thought we would help prepare you for the fun that lies ahead. Here are five key tasks that every home owner should have on their list of things to do this season:
1) Check the Eavestroughs
After fall and winter, your eavestroughs may be full of leaves and debris so now is the time to get the ladder out and take a look. It is important to clean them out on a regular basis because if the water doesn’t run correctly, it can cause you problems in the future. All you need to do this task is a ladder, some good gardening gloves, and a hose.
2) Do a Visual Inspection of Your Entire Home
Those cold winter months can be hard on any structure and you want to make sure that your home is still in perfect shape. Check all siding to make sure that none has pulled away and take a quick peek at the roof to ensure that you don’t have any shingles lifting. Make sure to look both high and low and include checking the foundation for crack and windows to ensure the caulking is still in good shape.
3) Take a Look at the Trees
Trees provide beautiful shade and atmosphere in our yards but maintenance can be a key component of ensuring that they stay healthy and don’t pose any risks to you or your home. Spring is a great time of year to take look at your trees before the leaves hide all the branches. Key things to look for as you inspect your trees include broken branches, branches that are growing to close to your home, and signs of rot or disease. If you spot any of these things, you will want to get it taken care of sooner than later.
4) Start Raking
Once the snow disappears, our lawns tend to look a little rough. Once the ground is dry enough, get out your rake to clean away any leftover leaves from the fall, garbage, debris, and dead grass. Doing this will allow the healthy grass underneath to get the sun and water it needs to thrive and it will make your lawn look so much better.
5) Clean Out Those Gardens
It is definitely too early to start planting but early spring, once the ground thaws, is a great time of year to clear out all that remains of last year’s garden. Annuals should be fully removed and perennials should be trimmed back to soil level. If you didn’t take care of this in the fall, get an early start in the spring as this is a much easier task to do before things start growing. Also, clearing out the old will ensure that your tulips have a place to shine!
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