The snow is melting away, the temperature is warming, and we dare say spring is making its long-awaited debut. We Minnesotans are no strangers to fickle weather, so we’re ready to live it up outside when beautiful days arrive. However, some business needs to be taken care of before our care-free days of BBQs, bonfires, and backyard fun can begin.
The bright side? If you finish off your outdoor chores in the spring, you’ll be good to go once summer hits! After all, who doesn’t dream of a stunning Minnesota summer all year long? Keep reading for our list of 7 essential chores to tackle in the early spring.
1. Yard and Landscaping Cleanup
After the snow finishes melting, it’s the ideal time to do a general scan of your yard and landscaping. Get things ready for new growth by cleaning any debris left behind from the fall or winter.
2. Pavement Inspection
Winter’s freeze takes a toll on your driveway and any other paved areas. Check for any significant cracks, chips, or other damage that hinder your home’s curb appeal and could be dangerous for pedestrians.
3. Gutter Check
Your gutters go through a lot as the seasons change. From leaves to snow to rain, they’re constantly working to keep your house safe from the elements. Do yourself a favor and ensure they’re still in working order before April showers arrive.
4. Wash Windows
Spring is all about opening the windows and letting in the breeze! However, your windows probably need a little love before enjoying all that fresh air. Scrub away winter’s stains and repair any damage to screens, and you’ll be good to go all summer long.
5. Deck or Fence Refresh
Your fence, deck, porch, and other outdoor wood expands and shrinks as the weather changes. It needs to be repaired, restained, or resealed every one or two years. Take care of it now, so it looks its best once you start hosting those summer BBQs.
6. Pipe and Irrigation Scan
Before you attach hoses again or run your in-ground sprinkler system, do a quick scan to ensure everything is in working order. You can likely repair broken sprinkler heads yourself, but it’s wise to call a plumber or your system installer to fix any faulty water lines.
7. Equipment Care
You probably don’t need to mow the lawn or trim the hedges yet, but it’ll be time before you know it! Bring your equipment in for its yearly tune-up in the early spring so you can get mowing once the grass begins to grow.
Have a bigger spring project in mind? Give us a call! We’d love to help you plan your remodel, replace windows or doors, or finally start on that new deck or home addition!