The weather has been all over the place this past month but Spring officially began on March 20. The milder Spring weather can be great for doing some home maintenance outdoors as plants really start to leaf and bloom. Here are some important and relatively easy things you can do to keep your home and yard in great condition.
1. As trees begin to bud, and leaves grow, look for any limbs or trees with no growth
Trees limbs that don’t leaf are likely dead and can fall in high winds or storms. Have them removed along with any that overhang your house.
2. Remove vegetation that touches siding and trim ivy and vines growing up trees or siding
3. Put down mulch or composted leaves
Lock in moisture and decrease weed growth by putting down mulch or composted leaves. Make sure to keep mulch or compost at least 6 inches away from your home’s foundation.
4. Clean gutters for any leaves or debris, and for falling seeds
Clogged gutters can lead to a range of problems, and create a place for stray seeds to grow.
5. Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
This can be done any time annually, but many people use Spring as a good time to remember. Some detectors are plugged in with a backup battery and others are entirely battery operated.
6. Change air filters
AC will work better with clean filters. Also check the exterior air intake unit to make sure it doesn’t have vegetation around it or is blocked in any way
7. Put out Spring and Summer annuals after the last freeze. The safest time is always after April 15.
8. Remove and weedwack weeds in early Spring to stunt their growth
9. Examine roof shingles for any damage during winter
Look for lost or raised shingles and contact a contractor to have them repaired.
10. If you have irrigation system now is the time to reconnect it