Apr 192013
 

Fenced YardNow that spring has finally arrived it is time to pack away the overcoats and parkas and break out the shorts and swimsuits.  It’s also time to do some much-needed maintenance to not only your house’s interior, but also the exterior including the yard and surrounding landscape.  Now that the weather is nicer, it is the perfect chance to break out the ladder and the tools and do some spring outdoor home improvements that you have been putting off throughout this long, cold winter.

  • One of the first areas that many people look toward is the lawn itself.  Now is the time to get out the lawnmower for that first official cut of the year.  Make sure that it’s gassed up and operating fully.  You may need to take your mower in for a tune-up to make sure it will be able to handle all the strain you put it under this season.  If the lawn doesn’t look up to par, consider investing in sod or tilling up the soil and putting down new grass seed so you can have that lush feel between your toes when you walk barefoot through the yard.
  • Once you have the lawn looking the way you want it, you may want to consider protecting that lawn with good iron fencing.  If you don’t already have a property enclosing fence, now might be the best time to upgrade to one.  If you do, this is the time to walk around the entire border of your property checking out the integrity of your fence.  If you have a wooden fence, make sure that the boards and posts are stable.  If you have an iron fence, make sure that the rails are secure.  Also, check the hinges and locks for signs of wear and tear and repair these as needed.
  • Pool owners should also use this opportunity to get your pool ready for the new season.  Give the pool a good thorough cleaning and consider getting a professional to help you get your chemicals balanced perfectly at the start of the season.  Vacuum out the pool and also clear up any toys or other debris from around the pool area.
  • Check your roof to make sure that tiles and shingles have not come loose during winter storms.  If possible, climb up on your roof to check these out.  Otherwise, use a ladder and give it a cursory glance from a safe distance.
  • Check out the exterior walls of your home and consider either pressure-washing or, if you can afford it, upgrading to a new coat of paint or vinyl siding to give it that fresh curb appeal.
  • Give your porch screens some love as well.  Many times, winter storms with high winds and rain can damage or tear porch screens.  Now is a good time to repair and replace these screens.

These are just a few ideas that can help to get your home’s exterior and yard in top shape for the spring and summer.  Just a few hours on the weekends will go a long ways toward making sure the outdoor portion of your property is beautiful and lively.