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Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist

Backyard with patio

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Now that the outdoors have thawed, it’s time to get ready for spring cleaning! Here is a list you can use to guide your outdoor spring cleaning efforts, from raking and trimming to gardening and gutter cleaning. Getting prepared now means your property will be in tip-top shape come summer.

Wash the Windows

You may be diligent about washing windows on the interior, but what about the exterior? You’ll need to put a little elbow grease into this project, especially if you have paint, glue or sap on the windows. To get those sticky substances off, first use a razor blade with a protective holder, being careful to use new blades so as not to scratch the surface. Use ammonia with water and a nylon pad if you’re having a tough time getting spots off. For regular cleaning, use a squeegee and warm, soapy water to remove dirt. Best time for this chore is early morning or late afternoon when no direct sunlight is hitting the windows, suggests Martha Stewart. This is because the sun will dry the cleaning agent too quickly and you’ll be left with streaks.

Weeding

Before those weeds start to pop up, apply a pre-emergent weed control spray to stop them before they sprout, says HGTV. Once they start to sprout, use a post-emergent or get rid of them the old-fashioned way: on your hands and knees. Don’t forget to pull out the root or else they will just grow back.

Planting

Pick up some colorful summer annuals like cosmos, marigolds, salvia or petunias now, recommends Farmer’s Almanac. But you don’t have to stick to just the garden. Why not line your driveway with bright blooms or highlight your light post in the front yard? If you have perennials, remove the dead flowers each spring to encourage new growth.

Edging

Once you’ve mowed the entire lawn, don’t forget the detail. Use your weed whacker to trim grass around structures such as swingsets and playhouses, retaining walls, patios and fences. Use your edging tools to separate your mulch and garden beds from pathways and driveways for a neat, manicured look.

Raking

Before planting in your garden or adding mulch, it’s important to get the old leaves and dead foliage out using a rake. This will prevent smothering of your plants which can lead to disease, says This Old House.

Gutter Inspection

This is an important part of your spring cleaning checklist. Take a look at your gutters. See debris that could be clogging up the whole system? Scoop out the leaves, twigs and dirt to ensure proper water flow this spring. If your gutters are coming loose from the house, tend to clog easily, or are showing signs of age, it may be time for a whole new system. If that is the case, that’s why we are here!

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