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Backyard Cleanup, The Spring Edition


Spring is finally here! Like me, you’re probably ready to get outside and start clearing your yard of any remains of winter. There are several things you can do to get your home and your yard shipshape for the season.

Inspect the Condition of Your Home

Take a walk around your home to do a visual inspection. The freezing and thawing that happens throughout winter can cause all types of damage. Are the railings of your balcony or deck secure? Do you see any broken or uneven steps in your outdoor staircase? You have plenty of time to make these repairs before spring shifts into full gear! Other things to look for include cracks in a cement patio or bricks in a patio that have been forced out of position. Repairing these items now can help you get more years out of your patio or deck.

Evaluate Your Yard for Dangers

After all of the snow melts away, it’s time to look for dangers lurking in your yard. For example, you may have an exposed tree root someone could trip over. You may see a large stone in your yard that could be a hazard for someone walking along. You definitely want to remove things like this before you start your mowing duties. Areas of sunken ground can also be safety hazards, but you can fill them in to make your lawn safer and more attractive. Also, look for large fallen branches and sticks so you can remove them from your lawn in preparation for mowing. Checking the condition of your yard can prevent you from running over sticks, stones, and other objects that may damage the blades of your mower.

Clean Your Patio Furniture

Do you have a large set of patio furniture, including a table, umbrella, chairs, and a settee? Or maybe you have just two lawn chairs. No matter how many pieces of patio furniture you have, hosing them off and wiping them with a clean, soft cloth can make them look their best for spring. Cleaning your patio umbrella and chairs can prevent small spots of dirt from becoming large stains. You can get years of use out of a patio umbrella as well as your other furniture by cleaning everything each spring and summer.

Inspect Your Gutters

Look at the state of your gutters. Are there any sagging areas or places where you see clumps of leaves? Loose nails, blocked downspouts, and broken portions are other things to look for during your inspection. Making small repairs to your gutters and clearing away debris will help them to work more efficiently when the spring rains arrive. I suggest getting a friend to help you inspect your gutters if you need to use a tall ladder.

Pest Problem?

Looking closely at your lawn and its plants, flowers, and trees is a great way to determine if you have a pest problem. Of course, you need to differentiate good insects from garden pests. For instance, you don’t want to get rid of the spiders you see because they eat aphids, and aphids are notorious garden pests. Keeping the good insects around can help maintain the health of your lawn.

Trim Trees and Hedges

Spring is a great time to trim broken or damaged limbs on bushes and trees. Use handheld pruners instead of hedge clippers for shaping hedges: It’s easier to get the appealing shape you want with handheld pruners. Trimming your trees and bushes prompts new growth.

Getting your home, patio, and yard ready for spring can really improve the look of your property during the warm weather season. Thanks for reading. – Alan

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