It’s almost that time of year – spring cleaning. Egad. If you’re a gardener or yard care buff there’s plenty of stuff to keep you good and busy once spring cleaning fever hits. Here’s a checklist…
- Clean the patio furniture and fix any broken pieces. If you’ve got wood furniture it may require special care.
- Hose off windows from the outside and don’t forget window shingles or awnings. I know this seems like a household task, but nothing is worse than beautiful flowers growing up tall in front of dirty windows.
- Get your lawn mower or tractor in shape for spring.
- Sweep and wash off decks, walkways, and porches.
- Take a stroll around the garden and remove anything that is dead. Removing dead stuff such as leaves, thatch, branches, and other winter debris will not only leave you with a cleaner garden but it can help reduce plant infections and encourages early flowers to bloom healthier. Removing thatch allows your lawn to gain more nutrients and water.
- Shine up the garden welcome sign and any glass fixtures in the garden.
- Check all your sprinklers and drip lines for leaks or cracks. Rough winter weather can cause both.
- You should have done some basic maintenance on your garden tools last fall, but it’s not too late to plan for cleaner tools now.
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