Spring’s here, the sun’s out, and your garden is finally blooming. After weeks of chilly weather and cold nights, it’s time to shake off your winter slump and tackle odd jobs in and around the house. Spring is the perfect time to start cleaning up as summer will be hot to do so, and wouldn’t you rather spend that time relaxing than working? Here are a few tasks to focus on this Spring so you can enjoy your final quarter of 2018 in peace.
1. CLEAN THE GUTTERS
After winter your gutters are full of leaves, twigs and sludge. As the weather heats up this will attract insects and mosquitoes and start rotting. With rain, you run the risk of flooding your garden and roof if your gutter remains blocked. Cleaning your gutters and installing a gutter guard is a good idea. Don’t forget that you’ll need a high, stable ladder as well as a scoop to remove visible debris. For deep blockages you’ll need a high-pressure hose or gutter cleaner.
2. TRIM YOUR TREES AND BUSHES
If you have spring flowering plants, pruning helps them grow back healthier and stronger. Remove dead, diseased and broken branches and ones in danger of tangling with neighbouring plants. Ground level branches can also be trimmed to stimulate new growth from the ground up. In terms of lawn and garden equipment, you’ll need a hedge trimmer and pruning shield to do so, as well as a wheelbarrow to collect and then dispose of clippings.
3. CLEAN YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR
The outside of your home is exposed to the elements 24/7 and in time this can create a build-up of grime and residue. Spring is the perfect time to power-wash your home’s exterior, revealing its original colour and removing mud, dust and bird droppings that could damage your home’s surface if left untouched. This can also be used for roof cleaning.
4. CLEAN THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE
As you’ll be spending more time outdoors from Spring onwards, you should give your outdoor furniture a thorough cleaning in preparation of the entertaining you’ll be doing and the people you’ll have over. If your furniture is durable enough, you can use a pressure washer that uses hot water to get the worst of the grime off.