Outdoor Spring Cleaning: How to Get Your Yard Ready for Summer

Spring is the perfect time to take care of all those minor tasks you kept putting off during the colder months. It’s often hard to feel motivated enough to clean the gutters, and weed the garden when you see a layer of snow and ice covering every area of your home. Once spring arrives, there are a few important things you need to take care of outside.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Yard

Weeding Gardens

As soon as the snow melts, you’ll notice weeds popping up around your lawn, and in your garden beds. Those weeds can include crabgrass, prickly lettuce, dandelions, and dozens of other plants. While you can always pick those weeds by hand, using a pesticide is a better option. You can find pesticides that will target the weeds without damaging your lawn, or other plants and flowers. Before you plant any new types of vegetation, make sure that you give the grass a dose of healthy nutrients and that you lay down a smooth layer of mulch.

Take Care of the Driveway

If you live in a cooler climate, winter can wreak havoc on your driveway. The snow and ice can penetrate below the surface, and cause cracking, or you might notice that the chemicals you used to remove that ice left pits on the driveway. After sweeping away any debris from the driveway, use a combination of dish soap, warm water, and a little distilled vinegar to clean the driveway. If you notice any cracks, chips or other damage, make some minor repairs yourself, or hire a professional company to repair the surface to keep it polished for the next winter.

Clean Out Garage

Many people find that they use their garages as a catch all during winter. Anything they have on hand that they don’t have room for inside goes into the garage. By the time spring comes, you might find it hard to even walk through that space. Take everything out of the garage and place it on your driveway or in your yard. Use trash bags and cardboard boxes to differentiate between things you want to keep, things you want to donate, and things that can go in the trash. After donating and calling for a large trash pickup from Indianapolis, organize your garage, creating different areas for your gardening and landscaping, automotive and other needs.

Other Tasks

There are a number of other things that you need to do when spring cleaning your outdoor areas. If you have a deck or patio, power wash the surface and apply a new coat of sealant or stain as needed. Power wash the exterior or your garage and home, and paint the wood areas with a new coat of paint if you notice any peeling or damage. You’ll also find that spring is the perfect time to prepare your patio and grill. Dust off the dirt from your outdoor furniture, clean each piece and let the furniture dry in the sunshine, and do a quick check on your grill and replace the propane tank to get it ready for the summer months.

The more work that you do early in the spring, the more you can relax this summer. Take advantage of the warmer days now so you don’t spend your whole summer

Erin Emanuel