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At Home with Judy....Spring Checklist Series #2

by Judy Gull

Welcome to part 2 of my Spring Checklist Series for Homeowners. This week we’ll look further into preparing the exterior of your home for spring. Get your lawn and gardens looking their best with these simple steps:

  1. First and foremost, make a plan. What flowers worked really well last year? Which didn’t? Would a fresh color scheme make your front door pop? Do you want to add a new vegetable or herb garden? Think about what you want and what it will take to accomplish it, and write it down. Make sure to note any places where you’ll need to increase or decrease the spacing between plants, and make a shopping list of all the bulbs, seeds, and containers you’ll need for this year.
  2. Get ready for spring planting. Examine your irrigation system and replace worn or broken garden hoses and sprinkler heads. Inspect the lights along your walkways and around your patio. Get your lawn mower serviced. Rake the leaves, remove debris, and trim trees, shrubs, hedges, and bushes. Make sure you remove any dead, damaged, or infected limbs and branches, and remove or significantly trim down any winter foliage. Weed, fertilize if necessary, and re-mulch the gardens. Test the soil pH and adjust if necessary. If it’s a pale tan color, make sure to enrich it by mixing in the right amount of manure and/or compost. You also may want to power wash the walkways and patio and remove any weeds or unwanted plants from between the cracks.
  3. Inspect your lawn. Check for new insect beds, rodent holes, or abnormalities in the grass. Apply pre- and post-emergent weed control. Mow and trim as needed, and make sure to water just the right amount. (Too much or too little both spell disaster for a lush lawn.) If you see problem areas you can’t seem to fix, you may want to consult a professional.
  4. As soon as the last frost of the year ends, start planting. Get your annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables in place. Remember: Establishment best takes place after the temperatures begin to rise and the rain begins to fall, usually around mid-May.

Come back next week to read part 3 of the series as we look at interior system maintenance.

At Home with Judy....Spring Checklist Series

by Judy Gull

Spring has arrived in Wisconsin, and it’s time to get your house in order. Welcome to part 1 of my Spring checklist series for homeowners! To get the outside of your home in tip-top shape this season, follow these simple steps:

  1. Winter storms can wreak havoc on a house’s exterior. Carefully walk the perimeter of your house and look for any problem areas that may have come up during those harsh winter months. Check the weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors, and look for any loose or broken shingles. Replace or fix anything that needs tending.
  2. Get primed for the beauty of spring by ensuring you have a landscape you can work with. First, clean out your gutters and downspouts. Then, if you no longer have snow on the ground in your area, rake the leaves, remove debris, and trim any fallen tree limbs. You might also consider power washing concrete, paved areas, vinyl siding, and brick walls to rinse away winter’s dirt.
  3. Nothing says spring quite like relaxing outdoors. Help potential buyers imagine themselves enjoying the warm months ahead by sprucing up your patio. Uncover or unpack your furniture. Scrub the cushions, wash the tables and chairs, and remove any rust that may have accumulated on metal services. Clean your rugs, replace any busted patio lights, and give your grill a thorough scrubbing.
  4. Revitalize your lawn and gardens. Trim overgrown shrubs and bushes, and pull out any late winter weeds. You should also protect your plants from upcoming spring storms (and give your gardens an updated look) by spreading fresh mulch around any flower beds and landscaped areas.
  5. You may also want to make your walkway more inviting by placing a few potted pansies (or another of your favorite spring flowers) near the front steps. Fresh buds and bright colors will catch a potential buyer’s eye from the moment they pull up to your drive. Make the most of that first impression!

And, if you still can’t see your lawn through the mounds of snow, don’t despair. Use this time to get organized. Nothing gets you ready for spring faster than planning your spring gardens!

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