May 12, 2015 by blueskiesadmin
Step out your front door, rub your eyes from all of the sunlight that you aren’t used to, and take a look around… If you were cooped up inside all winter, you may not have realized that your home started to look as drab as the dreary season. Spring-cleaning isn’t just about the inside of your home. It’s time to give your home’s exterior a little TLC.
Here are 5 ways to give your house some love this spring!
De-gunk the Gutters: Start cleaning from the top. Blocked gutters can cause rain to cascade down the side of your house, which can flood your flowerbeds and damage your siding and foundation. Scoop out any leaves, sticks, and gunk to keep gutters flowing freely. Once you are finished, flush the gutters with a garden hose to check for leaks.
Put Your Home Under Pressure: Fences, decks, and driveways can be pressure-washed to remove dirt or algae buildup. Make sure you keep the spray moving at all times to keep from damaging surfaces. Some home exteriors are safe for pressure washing, but you want to make sure that you use the correct tip for your home material. If you do pressure wash your home, make sure that you avoid windows, and keep pets and children inside during the process.
Ditch the Debris: Limbs, sticks, and other unwelcome winter debris have likely collected in your flowerbeds and grass. Gathering all of those tiny sticks can be quite an endeavor. This is a great kid-friendly activity to get your offspring out of the house and into the sunshine.
Make the Leaves Leave: Raking the lawn isn’t just for the fall. Removing leaves keeps your lawn healthy by maintaining a thatch layer under ¾ deep. Thatch is a tightly mingled layer of roots, stems, and leaves that collects between actively growing grass and soil. Thatch can make your lawn more resilient to heavy traffic, but excessive thatch can keep air and water from reaching the soil.
Prune and Plant: Out with the old, and in with the new! Give your yard a fresh look by removing any plants that are beyond hope, as well as the weeds that viciously murdered them. Trim bushes, hedges, and overgrown perennials. Fill any empty spots with cheerful foliage, and add a fresh layer of mulch to finish the look.
Now, take a look around. Much better than what you saw when you first stepped out of the house, right? Now that you’re sufficiently exhausted, go prop your feet up and let us take care of the indoor housecleaning! Click HERE to receive a quote in less than 60 seconds!