Can you feel it? Spring is in the air here in Maryland and it couldn’t come soon enough. In the next few weeks the weather will warm up and us gardeners will crawl out of our caves of hibernation, ready to take on the new year. After taking a look around your yard you might find your spring cleaning checklist is a little daunting. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of essential tasks to get your yard ready for spring.
Check The Roof
Winter storms, such as the fierce ones we experience here in the northeast, can do a number on your roof. Damage to your gutters, shingles, and vents can spell an expensive repair bill once your roof starts leaking. Just to be safe, get up on the roof and check for shingle damage, clogged gutters, or any other damage.
Caulk is an often overlooked feature on your house that does a lot of work. It keeps out, air, water, and most importantly, bugs. So it’s essential that you add this item to your spring cleanup checklist and check for old, cracked strips of caulk that could be letting in a lot more than cold air. Remember to remove the old caulk before applying a new layer.
Rake and Cleanup Your Yard
The importance of raking your yard in the fall and the spring cannot be overstated. Most people rake their lawn in the fall but more leaves and debris can blow around during the winter and end up on your grass. Clumps of wet leaves can spell trouble for your grass if you don’t act quick enough. Not only can leaves smother grass to death but they can also breed snow mold and be a safe haven for pests. So rake up those leaves and let that yard air out to make sure your grass can green-up properly.
Standing Water = No
Mosquitos and summer, two words that go hand in hand but you wish they didn’t. Homeowners spend millions of dollars each year trying to combat these tiny pests but what for? It seems that no matter what you do, or buy, or wear, these annoying insects never cease. But knowing how mosquitoes multiply is a great way to get the upper hand. Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Just dump out the rain barrel and birdbath every once in a while, right? You don’t realize how many objects in your yard can actually hold water until you go out there and look. I’m talking about flower pots, buckets, pools, ponds, bird baths, and animal waterers. Make sure you empty ALL standing water on a regular basis to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. You’ll notice a difference in the mosquito population and you’ll be able to enjoy the outside as you’ve always wanted.
Apply Weed Killer and Fertilizer
The key to a healthy lawn is to give it the proper nutrition at the right times and to prevent weeds from competing with it. If you are applying fertilizer yourself, make sure you look for a spring fertilizer with the proper NPK balance suitable for your grass type.
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