While it might seem like warmer weather is still months away, the truth is that it will be here before we know it. Now is the best time to start putting your ideas together for cleaning up your yard and enhancing that curb appeal. Keep reading to learn our top home exterior spring cleaning tips.
1. Get Rid of Debris
Ice and snow have a tendency to break tree branches and spread sticks all over the place. Do yourself a favor by raking these up now before you attempt bigger projects. By starting with this small little task, you’ll keep from damaging lawn equipment and your overall yard will immediately look better.
2. Prepare Flower Beds
After a long winter, you’ll want to also start to prepare your flower beds. Dig out any dead flowers and trim back bushes where necessary. Remove old mulch and replace it with a new bag or two for better aesthetics. When the temperature starts to warm up, plant new flowers with lots of color to help usher in springtime.
3. Clean and Scrub Patio Furniture
While big messes might need actual power washing, the truth is that most patio furniture just needs a good scrubbing in the spring. Mix one part dish soap into a bucket of warm water. Use a stiff-bristled brush and a regular kitchen sponge to wipe away dirt and grime. Rinse with your garden hose and let it dry fully before adding cushions or pillows back in place.
4. Do a Bit of Mower Maintenance
Get ready to dust off the mower and prep for lawn season. Check the spark plug, change the oil, and ensure the battery is fully charged. If any of those elements aren’t up to par, go ahead and replace them. Then hose off any dust and your mower is fully ready for the upcoming warmer months.
5. Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems
Once the outside temperatures cooperate, check your sprinkler and irrigation systems for damage or drips. Run them for a short cycle while looking for any possible leaks. You’ll also want to reset your boxes and ensure your timers are where they need to be.
6. Inspect Gutters and Downspouts
Check your gutters and downspouts out for any debris or damage. You’ll want to clear out anything that’s accumulated over the winter inside of them and run a garden hose to ensure total drainage. Doing this now is a total chore, but you’ll be pleasantly happy when you don’t have to do it later in the season.
7. Don’t Forget About Professional Power Washing
Of course, we have to add having your home professionally power washed to this list of home exterior spring cleaning tips. At Griff’s Washing Services, we can help ensure that your roof, siding, and concrete patios sparkle and shine. Best of all, we’ll safely eliminate any mold or mildew that’s accumulated on your walkways or decks over the winter months. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.