Now that spring is here and the weather is right for outdoor maintenance. Whether you have a garden to tend or need to do a deep cleaning of the patio furniture, you can do plenty of things to get your outdoor space ready for the warmer months. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Clean the Patio Furniture

If you have outdoor furniture sitting out all winter, now is the time to clean it well. Start by brushing off dirt and debris with a soft-bristled brush. Then mix warm water and gentle dish soap in a bucket, and wipe down the furniture. Once it’s clean, dry the pieces with a towel before putting everything back in place.

2. Prune Trees and Bushes

Pruning is essential for keeping your trees and bushes healthy and looking their best. Start by removing dead or dying branches, then use pruning shears to trim overgrown areas. Make sure you leave enough foliage for the plant to thrive.

3. Outdoor Spring Maintenance: Inspect Your Gutters

Gutters can become clogged with debris throughout the year, so check them in the spring to make sure they’re clear. Remove leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris blocking your gutters. If you notice cracks or holes, patch them with sealant or a patch kit.

4. Clean the Garden

If you have a garden, early spring is a great time to prepare the beds. Raking leaves and debris and aerate the soil. Spread fresh mulch around perennial plants. To help keep weeds at bay, use a pre-emergent herbicide. Finally, trim overgrown plants and water the garden well.

5. Pressure Wash During Outdoor Spring Maintenance

Pressure washing is a great way to get rid of dirt, grime, and mildew that builds up on outdoor surfaces. Start by testing the pressure washer in an inconspicuous area before using it on your home. Too much pressure can damage siding, decking boards, and windows. Then spray down the patio, backyard deck, and walkways using an appropriate cleaning solution.

6. Check the HVAC System

After a long winter, checking your home’s heating and cooling system is important. Make sure the filters are clean and in working order, and schedule maintenance if necessary. This will help keep your system running smoothly so your home will stay comfortable throughout the warmer months.

Whether you have a small yard or a large outdoor area, there are plenty of ways to prepare your space for spring. You’ll improve curb appeal and feel prepared to entertain friends and neighbors when the weather is warm.

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