SEASONAL OUTDOOR TIPS
Before all of the weeds sprout, tend to your landscaped garden beds. Chances are, if you mulched in the fall the product you put down will still do a good job blocking weeds in the spring, but if you need to redistribute mulch, or add extra landscape fabric to block weeds, spring is a good time of year to tackle this. Remove any brush from around your home/lot. We fine it easiest to clear brush while the ground is soft in the spring, and leaves are not fully grown.
It’s also a great time of year to transplant ground cover, or put new plants into your beds. Use the spring showers to your advantage at helping the roots of these new plants take hold, and water regularly so that they are ready to withstand hotter temperatures come summer.
Maintaining a healthy home goes beyond dusting and vacuuming. When is the last time you checked your smoke alarms? How about the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent? Follow the tips below to make sure your family and home are ready for a happy, clean spring season
- Scrub all the walls — in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas — with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.
- Replace all filters including water, range hood and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have
- Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and shower heads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water
- A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.
- Giving your siding a good rinse is the first step at achieving curb appeal. Dust and dirt from the Fall and Winter accumulate easily on siding, and usually more heavily on the side of your home that faces the road due to traffic distributing dust. Use a ladder, several rags, and a bucket of warm water to maintain your siding, and use it as an opportunity to make sure that the exterior including soffits, window seals and gutters are in good shape
Spring is the perfect time to maintain your air conditioning system. Bring in local pros for a quick check-up or review the following DIY tips and be confident that it’ll be operating efficiently and without error once you need it to cool the entire house.
- Remove plants that may be preventing the AC unit from breathing.
- Make sure that the fins on the unit are not bent, so they can continue to provide good airflow.
- Check that the unit is level.
- And check for damage on circuit boards, wiring and compressor tubing.