Ahhh, spring is finally here! After a pretty harsh winter, most of us are ready to get outside and clean up…but where do you begin? No worries, we're here to help in our outdoor spring cleaning guide!
Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 1
Start by pruning away dead or damaged branches back to their live stems. For stems larger than 1/2 inch in diameter, use a hand saw. Use electric shears to shape hedges, rather than hand pruners that prevent growth by prohibiting sunlight and air into the center of the hedge.
Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 2
Next, rake out dead foliage and fallen leaves from flower beds. After the threat of frost has passed, you can remove existing mulch to create a new layer for spring planting. Additionally, you can lay down a pelletized fertilizer for spring rains to carry it down to the roots of existing plantings.
Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 3
Compost yard waste for future use by dumping collected organic yard waste (leaves, cuttings, spent foliage, last season's mulch) into a 3ft x 3ft x 3ft bin. Shred leaves and chip branches to accelerate decomposition. Keep the pile moist and aerate it with a pitchfork every couple of weeks.
Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 4
Clean up yard paths and patios by raking escaped gravel back into walkways and crevices. Refill these crevices by sweeping in new sand or stone dust, water to set, and repeat if necessary. If pavers are out of place, remove them and reset the base material before placing the pavers back in.
Outdoor Spring Cleaning: Step 5
Patch worn wood by scraping old paint and sanding wood all over to prep for a new finish coat. This new coat can go on once temperatures go above 50 degrees. Rotten wood sections can be patched with wood epoxy.
There you have it, 5 steps to kickoff your outdoor spring cleaning! Keeping your home in good shape and adding to the aesthetic appeal when you can will only benefit your investment in your home. Happy spring from Overhead Door!