Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner. Time for spring cleaning, which means dig out your gardening tools, dust off your overalls, and get to work outside under the warm spring sun. But, before you get all excited about planning your new garden there are some essential spring cleaning to do. If you want your yard and garden to perform its best this year then you need to take a look at this spring cleanup checklist.
Inspect Your Roof
Winter storms, especially the ones we’ve experienced this winter, can do a lot of harm to your shingles, gutters, and roof vents. Roof damage can lead to a big mess inside your house when water starts to leak in, so it’s wise to get up there and check things out, just in case. While you are inspecting for damage, check for clogged gutters and clogged gutter drain pipes. Leaves and other debris along with ice and snow can create clogs in your gutters and downspouts. You don’t want any standing water in your gutters or they will turn into a mosquito nursery this summer.
Check Your Caulking
Over time caulk can wear out and begin to crack. These cracks are welcoming entries into your house for annoying insects like ants, spiders, and cockroaches. If your caulk needs to be replaced, scrape out the old caulk before applying a new seal.
Clean Up Your Yard
One of the most important spring cleaning task is to clean up your yard. A lot can accumulate on your grass over the winter. It’s important to clean all that stuff up before it can cause harm to your grass. Pick up any sticks that may have broken off of your trees and rake up any leaves. Piles of wet leaves are like an incubator for disease and pests, not to mention it suffocates your growing grass. Yard clean-up is a very important spring lawn maintenance task.
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Areas
The major downside of beautiful weather is the plague of mosquito swarms that come with it. Some summers they seem to be worse than others, don’t they? Well, there are ways you can limit the number of mosquitos on your property. Contrary to popular myth, mosquitoes don’t travel very far in search of food, therefore, the mosquitoes you encounter at home probably were born on or near your property. The best way to eliminate mosquitoes is to check your yard for standing water and then get rid of it. We already covered the gutters, but there are plenty of other areas where mosquitoes would love to lay eggs such as flower pots, buckets, pools, ponds, bird baths, and animal waterers.
Getting a head start on mother nature will guarantee to save you time, effort, and money this spring and summer.
To keep your yard going strong call Harvest Lawn Care. We are your one-stop shop for lawn care, tree and shrub care, and pest control. We have everything you need to make your yard shine. Call (800) 800-5296 or leave us a message on our site.