The weather may be less than delightful, but calgarians can still plan for spring weather when it eventually comes! As the temperatures warm up and the chances of frost and snow are less likely, many homeowners will be itching to get into their yards. Some look at spring cleaning as a dreaded task, but others welcome the opportunity to get their yards in shape, clean up the winter wear, and add some life to the exterior of their home. Read on for a few useful tips on getting the ball rolling on spring cleaning.
If you are considering selling your home in the near future, you'll want to ensure that your yard is in tip-top condition as this is the first place that a potential homebuyer will see, and that first impression may be the difference between a sale and a fail. For those who have just recently moved, the first spring cleaning provides new owners with the opportunity to make any changes they desire before they settle in, so that they can start from scratch and set the tone for years to come.
When the weather warms up enough, do a detailed survey of the yard to determine the work that needs to be done. You might even want to take notes as you explore, from which you can create a plan of attack. Take notice of things like overgrown tree branches, broken or rotten wood in the fencing, and any shrubs or trees that need pruning. If there are any large trees or limbs that pose a risk to your property, you may want to hire an arborist or tree removal service to safely dispose of them.
Make a list of any tools or equipment that you will need to buy or service. Items that may need servicing are equipment with motors like your lawnmower, power washer, or chainsaw. Mowers will likely need oil and blade sharpening before use. You'll want to identify areas of your lawn that will require reseeding before you mow.
Prepare garden beds so that they will be ready for planting. It is essential to clear any weeds, sod, or debris before you work the soil. Once the soil has been turned, spread a layer of aged manure or compost over it. At least four inches should do be plenty, and then cultivate it with a spading fork to a depth of around nine inches to a foot.
As your yard begins to look tidier and you have some plants and vegetation growing again, it's a good idea to clean the exterior of the home itself. You'll want to remove things like moss or mold that may have accumulated over the winter. The simplest way to do this is use a pressure washer. Start from the top of the home and work your way down. Any walls, decks, stairs or balconies should be sprayed, but be sure not to set the pressure to high, as you risk damaging your home and chipping paint.
Spring is an exciting season. It's the perfect time of year to create a fresh start in your home and garden. Whether you're a seller, a new homeowner, or are a longtime resident, now is the time to get out and fix up your home for plenty of enjoyment in the warm months to come.