Spring has sprung—almost. As the winter months come to an end here in the Carolinas, it’s time to start prepping your yard and home for spring! Winter storms and cold weather can cause damage to your home, so there is no better time than the present to assess potential damage or issues.Ready to get started? Here are some tips to help get the outside and inside of your home springtime ready!
First Things First—The Yard
Time to get those hands a little dirty! While the inside of your home is just as important as the outside, we recommend starting with your yard and garden first. That way, you’re not tracking leaves, grass and dirt inside your spring ready home! Here’s how to give your yard some much needed TLC for spring.
Clean up the mess
Winter can be harmful to all parts of your lawn, especially the plants and trees. So it’s important to start with them first. If you have trees in your yard or garden, you’ll want to begin by raking away any dead leaves and picking up fallen branches and twigs. If you have a garden, pluck dead weeds and apply fresh mulch. Paying attention to the mess will give your yard a refreshed, clean look and add curb appeal!
Don’t snub your shrubs
Give your trees and shrubs some love by applying a fertilizer. Low temperatures and winter storms can cause some of your trees or bushes to become malnourished, and a good fertilizer can fix that! Take a look at your trees and shrubs to see if they might benefit from fertilizer. It might not be as beneficial to older trees, but newer ones that have never been fertilized will soak it up! Check out some of our organic options to find the right fertilizer for you.
Feed your lawn
Next, shift the focus to your lawn. Once you have any fallen debris taken care of, you can start looking at your grass. It’s still too early to mow, but if you know your yard is prone to weeds or crabgrass, you can begin considering pre-emergent control options. This could also be the perfect time to apply some grass seed, especially if you notice dead or barren parts of your lawn. Lastly, aeration is always a wonderful option for your yard! This will allow water and air to reach the roots faster, hopefully gifting you a more luscious lawn in the spring. As is starts to get warmer, consider the benefits of applying a lime application before your first mow. Not only will it provide much needed nutrients to your grass, but also balance the pH levels in your lawn, giving you beautiful, healthy grass.
Time To Tackle The Inside Of Your Home
Now that your yard is ready to take on spring, let’s get your home ready, too! To spruce up your home for spring, get started on these three things:
Kick clutter to the curb
Time to say goodbye to all that extra clutter lying around your home! It seems like old boxes and paper can pile up during the winter, especially after Christmas. Used wrapping paper and boxes might find themselves collecting dust in a forgotten corner, and all the new gifts may have not been put away yet due to lack of storage. Now is the perfect time to sort through the items cluttering your home. Not only will you feel more organized, but also more prepared for spring (not to mention the pests that might be hiding in that clutter—gross!). Once you have tidied up, check for places in your home that could benefit from a makeover. Maybe you have some old clothes in your closet to donate, or pieces of furniture that could use a new home. Cleaning out these items from your home will help you, and others—it’s a win-win!Lastly, don’t forget to declutter your gutters! Old leaves and twigs can get stuck in your gutter, causing standing water (perfect for mosquitos) or clogs. Make sure to thoroughly clean your gutters so they can handle spring showers and keep pests at bay.
Lock out moisture
Speaking of spring showers, you need to make sure your home is prepared for all the moisture it’s bound to encounter. First, check for any moisture damages you may already have around your home. If these continue to go unnoticed, you could end up with a more serious problem on your hands—especially with more rain on the way. Check your home for water damage in your attic, on the walls and floors and under your cabinets. If you notice damage to one or all of these areas, contact a specialist to make repairs. Next, check your crawl space. Now is the perfect time to consider fully encapsulating your crawl space if you want to keep moisture out of your home. By completely sealing off your crawl space, you will prevent mold, mildew and pests from sneaking into your home. If you’re not sure where to begin with encapsulation, request a free inspection so we can help!
Spring brings enough allergens on its own—your home doesn’t need to be full of them, too. Vacuuming your floors, changing air filters, dusting all surfaces and cleaning your windows are some of the final touches you home will need to be spring ready. We know no one enjoys vacuuming or dusting, but completing these chores will help remove aggravating allergens that threaten your home.Now that most of the cleaning is behind you, it’s time to get to the fun part—refreshing your home! Maybe you’ve been considering changing paint colors, hanging new decorations or refurbishing your bedroom. Spring is the best time of year to make these changes, and you will feel so much better after you do. After all, it’s a new year and a new season—your home should feel like-new, too! Getting your home and yard ready for spring may sound like too much to do on top of your already hectic schedule. That’s what we’re here for! Let us make spring cleaning as easy as can be—set up an appointment with us today!
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