Outdoor Spring Cleaning Safety Tips
After being loaded with snow for the last few months, your lawn may need some sprucing up. Check the condition of your lawn and see if any areas that suffered from winter damage. If you find that there are brown or bare patches in your lawn, you can reseed them to inspire new growth.
Look for any signs of debris such as leaves, branches, twigs and litter that may be left on your property. Wear gloves to protect your hands when removing sharp debris. If you need to rake any remaining leaves, do so when the ground is dry, and the lawn has turned green. Raking over wet grass could cause further damage to the lawn as you’ll be pulling out healthy grass. Try to avoid twisting your back when raking leaves. Use your feet to turn.
Prepare Flower Beds
To prepare your garden for spring planting you can clear your flower bed of any untidiness that might have happened during the winter such as dead leaves, mulch and weeds. Wear garden gloves to help protect your hands. You may need to add soil amendment such as manure or topsoil to help the plants grow this spring. Next, you can divide perennials and replant them into your garden.
Clean the Deck
Remove traces of winter from your deck by washing it thoroughly. You can either use a power washer, a garden hose or dish soap, baking soda and vinegar to clean the deck. Check the condition of your outdoor furniture before placing them out on the deck for the summer. If you need to clean them, read our Top Outdoor Furniture Care Tips post.
Clean the Gutters
When winter ends, you may need to clean your gutters as they could be filled with undesirable debris. Clogged gutters can cause water to overflow, which can crack and potentially damage the foundation. To clean the gutters yourself, you’ll need a pair of rubber gloves to protect your hands, a sturdy ladder (and a possible spotter on the ground), a small garden shovel and a garden hose. If you need to bring reinforcements in, you can contact a professional gutter cleaning service.
Organize the Garage
Organizing your garage is usually on a homeowner’s spring cleaning checklist. Have a look at what you currently have in your garage and decide if you need to donate or sell anything you don’t use. Spring is also an ideal time to have a garage sale. If you’re lacking storage options, read our Space-Saving Garage Storage Solutions post for ideas on how to create optimal storage for your belongings.
Get a head start on opening your pool for the summer. Clean up the surrounding area around the pool. Sweep any remaining debris away. Next, turn the pump on and clean the filter and inspect the heater. Before diving in, you most likely will need to shock your pool to remove any algae and bacteria and test the chemical balance of the water. After you have finished with your swimming pool maintenance tasks, you will be able to get ready for swim season and enjoy your backyard paradise.
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