When you move into a new house, there are a lot of factors to consider, and a lot of jobs to take care of. There’s remodeling, repairs, decorating, and just the general regular maintenance required to keep up a house. But it’s important you make sure to keep up the work on the outside, as well as on the inside.
Your yard and property have very different needs in the warm- and cold-weather seasons. It’s important to not be lax in your outdoor tasks as it can effect your home’s curb appeal in a big way, not to mention the safety of yourself and your family.
Spring and Summer
- Mowing and Trimming – In the rainy spring months, you’ll find that grass and plants grow incredibly fast, so you’ll want to make sure you keep on top of them, both for aesthetic reasons, as well as the health and well-being of the plants themselves. Some lawn care tips: lawn care companies say grass should be mowed every one to two weeks, depending on rainfall, and plants should be trimmed or groomed as needed.
- Planting – As soon as the snow has melted and the ground has thawed, it’s time to get some plants and flowers into the soil. Make sure you get started early enough to take advantage of the full blooming season.
- Projects – If you have any outdoor projects to do, now is the time to do them. Painting, repairs, building, etc.: make the most of the nice weather and get them done.
- Planning – With any of your summer projects, make sure plan your time appropriately. As much as you may want to spend time enjoying the nice weather lying around in a hammock, leaving projects until too late in the season can leave them unfinished, or put off until the next year. Getting a project done and out of the way early on will allow you to enjoy the rest of your summer free of looming responsibilities.
Fall and Winter
- Raking – Sure, those colorful leaves look beautiful, and are arguably the best part of the season, but you can’t let them sit on your lawn. A thick cover of leaves can kill the grass underneath, meaning once the snow melts in the spring, you’ll have ugly brown leaves that still need to be raked up, and ugly brown grass hidden underneath.
- Gutters – Make sure you clean the leaves out of your gutters. You want the gutters to be in good shape come wintertime.
- Snow Removal – Snow removal is a beast of a task in the wintertime. Snow plowing services will help to clear out your driveway, but you want to make sure you keep your sidewalks and steps clear as well.
- Ice – Ice is the most dangerous aspect of the winter season. One must be very careful to avoid slips and injuries on icy ground. Preventing ice build-up goes hand-in-hand with snow removal, as there is often dangerous ice patches lurking under new fallen snow. Make sure you sand or salt any steps or walkways thoroughly. Also be mindful of dangerous icicles that may hang from roof edges.