Spring is a great time to tackle yard and exterior home maintenance. Not only will you enjoy the look of your home more, but you'll tackle important maintenance like clearing clogged rain gutters. So whether you're performing spring maintenance for yourself or for a future homebuyer, let's get started so you can sit back and enjoy.
Revive the Lawn
Depending on the area you live in, spring is a time for the lawn to come to life after the winter. Check your lawn for lawn mold (gray patches where snow had been) and lightly rake the lawn to loosen it and dry it up. Consider lightly sprinkling some grass seed over the area to give it a boost.
If you've got areas of thatch or dead grass, rake the area to remove it. Aerate the lawn manually or rent a gas-powered aerator, especially if the ground is compacted or there's a lot of clay in the soil. Following aeration, add a light layer of compost and work some grass seed into it.
If you have gardens, adding mulch is a great way to help the garden retain moisture, prevent weeds and give the area a fresh, clean look. If you want to save money, you could use grass clippings, pine needles or a light layer of compost instead of purchasing mulch.
When you have shrubs and plants growing near the foundation of your home, it's important to keep them trimmed. As many home inspectors would encourage, trim them back enough so you can walk between your home and the vegetation. Trimming them will also make the yard more visually appealing. Use loppers, electric/gas-powered hedge trimmers or hire a professional.
Plant Flowers & Vegetables
Planting flowers is a great way to add pops of color to your garden, whether you plant them in pots or directly in the ground. Consider 3 bold flower colors throughout your yard to keep it harmonious. If you choose perennials, a flower that returns year-after-year, you will save yourself time and money.
Planting vegetables is a great way to save money at the grocery story and teach your children how to grow their own food. Seeds need to be started indoors then planted outside once the danger of frost has passed. Other seeds can be planted directly in the ground (ex. lettuce, kale, carrots). To save time and harvest vegetables sooner, you can buy starter plants at your local greenhouse and plant them directly in the ground, raised bed, or larger containers.
Not-So-Glorious Outdoor Maintenance
Planting beautiful flowers and sprucing up the lawn are going to bring the most obvious changes to your outdoor spaces, but what about the house itself? This is where the functional part of home maintenance comes into play -- not the most glorious part but necessary. Cleaning screens and windows, cleaning out rain gutters, power washing the siding, and sealing wooden decks should be added to your annual spring maintenance list. Inspecting your roof for damage is also important, buy you might consider hiring a professional vs. risking a fall.
There are many things you can do to maintain your property and the exterior of your home as you prepare for warmer months. Start with the lawn, add some mulch to the gardens, trim shrubs then do the heavy duty work like cleaning out the gutters. All of this spring maintenance will bring you a season of joy, and you'll rest easy knowing that your rain gutters aren't clogged and your deck is sealed from rain and the harsh sun. Enjoy your beautiful property as I'm sure your neighbors will too!