Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Getting your Yard Ready

Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Getting your Yard Ready

 As the optimists look ahead at the warm weather forecast, we need to start planning an outdoor spring cleanup of our home’s exterior before we are officially ready to soak up the sun! With plus temperatures comes an extra dose of sunshine and a new boost of energy, and it’s time to shake off the winter blues and get active again.

Practicing social distancing means we are going to be venturing out more to our backyards instead of the campgrounds come May. This spring-cleaning season it’s important to spruce up that yard so you can enjoy some time relaxing out there.  

Read our tips & tricks on how to get your yard ready for hours of enjoyment.

  • Sweep, Sweep, Wash. Rid the signs of winter by sweeping away debris and cobwebs from your porch and patio. Don’t underestimate the power of rinsing your walkway and dusting off outdoor furniture.
  • Give your siding some TLC. Spring is the perfect time to take inventory of your home’s siding. Wash your home’s siding annually to remove the natural buildup of dirt and grime to prevent mildew and mold damage.
  • Gutters & Downspouts. Stay ahead of spring showers by removing built-up leaves and debris from your gutters. Also, flush gutters and downspouts with a garden hose to identify and fix potential leaks.
  • Make your home’s outdoor area a place you want to spend time. Make sure the aesthetics is just right by removing weeds, trimming greenery, removing dead or unruly branches, and mulching your garden beds and planting flowers for a colorful springtime bloom.
  • Windows are a focal point of your home’s exterior. Give them a wash to remove wintertime residue and replace torn screens. Ensure that your windows easily open and close.
  • BBQing? Take a moment to give your grill a good clean, and check for any deficiencies. Make a point of refilling your propane tank for warmer weather cookouts, as you don’t want to run out when your cooking that 9oz steak.
  • Light up the night. Add some solar lights to your patio, to enjoy later in the evenings. When you’ve been inside your home working all day, it will be a nice change of scenery to stay outside as it gets darker.
  • And finally, put away winter. Now that you’ve pulled out your warm weather equipment, you’ve made room to stow away cold weather items. Pack away the winter boots, snowblowers, shovels, winter sports gear until next fall.

Take this time to enjoy what you can do. Not what you can’t.