Take 5: Outdoor Maintenance
The long days of summer are gradually shortening, making now a perfect time to do some end-of-season checks and maintenance in your yard before what we all hope and hope and hope will be a wet winter. Wondering where to start? Here are 5 ideas that can get you started!
1. Downspouts: First check that they are clear of obstructions. Use some recycled water next time you wash dishes to test water flow through the drains. Check that downspouts direct water 5 feet away from your house and that the water does not pool up.
2. Mosquito Control: Visually inspect that sprinklers are not creating pools of standing water where mosquitos can breed. Change the water in birdbaths often. Inspect window screen for small holes and make any needed repairs.
3. Outdoor Lights: They provide ambiance and assist with security around your house. Take a few minutes to inspect for burned-out bulbs and clean glass surfaces to keep them bright.
4. Outdoor Mats: If they have served their purpose well, then you can expect you’ll need to clean them off from time to time. Use some dish soap and a soft-bristled brush before gently spraying with a garden hose. Allow it to dry fully in a sunny spot before returning it to its home.
5. House Numbers: When was the last time you glanced at your house numbers, either on the front of the house or the curb? A little TLC can help visitors and delivery folk. And by the way, do you love your numbers or was they just there when you bought the house? Replacing them is a fun and easy mini-makeover!
And here’s my last piece of advice - if you are looking for some help with landscaping or outdoor maintenance, I have many terrific resources I can share with you!
Image courtesy of Lynn Greyling / publicdomainpictures.net.