Part of being a homeowner means staying on top of your home’s maintenance—and all that’s required for each of the changing seasons. Here’s exactly what you need to do in order to get ready for the warmer weather:
1.Start With Just A List
Before you do anything, you should first think about how you want to use your outdoor spaces. If you’re simply going to liven up the space you currently have without constructing anything new, you can move to step two.
2.Check Your Tools And Equipment
Chances are, especially if you live somewhere with cold winters, you haven’t used your lawn tools in several months. Because of this, it’s important you check to make sure everything you currently own is functioning properly. Lawn mowers are particularly important to check, along with your non-motorized equipment like rakes, hedge clippers, hoses, etc.
3.Remove Thatch From Your Yard
For those of you who don’t know, thatch is a “layer of living and dead plant matter” that can make it difficult for grass to grow through if it’s half an inch or thicker and not removed. To remove, you’ll need a dethatcher.
4.Fertilize, But Don’t Seed Your Yard
It is best to fertilize your yard early in the season to give it the most amount of time possible for your lawn to mature. February is the perfect time to do this, here’s a tip: Sow seed evenly, then rake it thoroughly to increase your chances of quality germination. You can also aerate your lawn after sowing, which further enhances seed contact with soil.
Once your lawn is cared for, edge out your beds, trim back dead branches on shrubs, and replace the mulch.
6.Plan Your First Plants
Start by planting veggies or other plants inside, so they can later be transported outside as it gets warmer. If you’re not up for the hassle of transporting your plants, you can skip this and go straight to planting petunias, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, and winter peas outside. Seedlings are frost-resistant, so they’re okay to start growing now.
7.Mow Early On In The Season And Frequently
Mowing earlier and more frequently in the spring is helpful so you don’t stunt the roots’ growth or make it hard for them to reproduce properly. For those first six weeks of spring, plan on mowing your lawn every five days.
8.Prepare For Cold Spells
Despite what that groundhog may predict, spring doesn’t always mean warmer temps. Protect your plants from the occasional chilly day by keeping a few frost blankets on hand.
9.Protect Your Home Against Pests
Fill any holes—or cracks in your foundation or walls—to avoid having insects and rodents enter your home. When you go to your local home improvement store or nursery to stock up on planting supplies, ask if you should be using pesticides, and if so, what kind.
From organization projects, to DIY transformations, now is the time to get back to work on your home.
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