The first day of Spring in 2022 is today. As a result, many homeowners’ to-do lists will include spring cleaning. You can get your landscape and home ready for the warmer weather by following these tips. Take on a few weekend projects, such as planting a vegetable garden or cleaning gutters, and your home will be ready for relaxing and enjoying the outdoors in no time. For year-round home upkeep, don’t forget to download our monthly home maintenance checklist.
Clean Up Your Lawn
If you’re like me you’ve let your lawn grow over the winter and have provided very little maintenance. It’s time to get out there and start mowing, weed eating and edging your lawn back to a manicured state. If your home has palm trees, it’s also a good time to go ahead and trim them up as well. Here’s a quick guide about how to trim your palm trees. Now they say you’ll only need to trim them once a year but with my palms it’s four times a year.
Make a strategy for the essentials of a healthy lawn after you’ve cleaned up the grass and landscape. This is an excellent time to aerate the lawn, reseed it, and add any fertilizers you may need. It’s vital to remember that aerating the grass will aid in seeding, but it’s not necessary. Also, reseeding the lawn should be postponed if you want to apply weedkillers to the entire lawn.
Check your Roof & Gutters
Leaves and debris may have accumulated on your roof at the end of the fall and throughout the winter. Check your gutters for debris after taking a safe look at your roof from the ground. Cleaning your gutters twice a year is always recommended to ensure proper drainage away from your home and foundation. Inspecting your gutters throughout the year ensures that they are in good functioning order, and rainy days are the perfect time to look for leaks. To reach your gutters, you’ll most likely need an extension ladder, depending on the height of your home.
Pressure Wash Driveways & Decks
For quick, high-powered cleaning of patios, decks, and outdoor furniture, use a pressure washer. While the weather is warmer in the spring, it’s the ideal time to clean. At your local hardware shop, you can find electric, gas-powered, and commercial-grade pressure washers. Look for pressure washer accessories such as spray wands and other adapters that can help you meet your individual needs. Furthermore, a wide range of products is available, including all-purpose cleaners, mold and mildew cleaners, and concrete degreasers. These items are made to be used in a pressure washer to get rid of tough stains and make cleaning easier and faster.
Apply Caulking on Windows & Doors
Checking the seals around doors and windows, as we highlighted in our Fall Maintenance Guide, is critical to preventing moisture intrusion. Take some time this spring to weatherproof your home in preparation for the hot and humid weather in Florida. Caulk the inside and outside frames of your windows and doors. If you notice a crack, a loose seam, or an opening where air can get in, caulk it. Install weather stripping on the interior of doors and windows. It aids in the elimination of costly drafts and air conditioning loss.
Change Air Filters
Changing your air filters is one of the most common maintenance tasks homeowners forget to address. It’s important to know that you need to change your air filter every month or every 3 months if you’re using a more expensive filter with your system. Regularly changing your air filter ensures your HVAC system is being protected and improves the quality of the air in your home. While we’re on the topic of HVAC it’s a great time to have your HVAC system inspected by a professional to ensure there’s no issues for the upcoming warmer weather.
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