With any cleaning, if you don’t stay on top of it, it only gets worse! For this exact reason, many of us have cleaning checklists or routines to ensure that we keep our spaces fresh. Typically we see this for interior cleaning, however it’s just as important for the exterior of your home. Check out our yard clean-up checklist to keep your yard in tip-top shape.
As we near the end of Summer and head into Fall, it’s important to keep up with your landscaping. Simply neglecting your landscaping, at any time, can lead to poor soil conditions, spread disease, unwanted weeds, and even mold. We recommend maintaining your landscaping throughout the summer months. Hiring a Pro to help with your lawn care can take the stress away from you and allow you to enjoy the Summer. Help prepare your garden for Fall by checking out this article. And here is a Fall Landscaping Checklist to check out before Winter arrives.
🗹 Clean Gutters
Replacing your gutters can be an expensive project. Luckily, routine maintenance can help to prevent the need to replace them. Spending the time to maintain your gutters now can help save money in the future.
Fall is an obvious time to keep your gutters clean. With lots of falling leaves, it’s important to keep your gutters clear of leaves and other debris. Ignoring this task can cause damage to your physical gutters and also invites small animals and rodents to make a home, especially with Winter right around the corner. Be sure to keep a regular eye on your gutters throughout the year and stay on top of removing debris. Maintaining clean gutters allows them to function properly to protect your home. Learn more about the importance of cleaning your gutters here.
🗹 Power Wash
Power washing is a great way to clean your deck, fence, patio, and even your home’s exterior. Throughout the Spring and Summer, all these items can collect dirt and grime. Power washing can help to protect these surfaces from a build-up of potentially harmful debris. If you don’t own a power washer, you can hire a Pro to handle this job for you.
🗹 Stow Away Summer Furniture
While it’s not quite time for this part of the checklist, be sure that once the cold weather arrives you stow away your summer furniture and toys. This can include outdoor furniture that won’t make it through the winter months, any outdoor toys or equipment, and other items such as lawn ornaments. If they require cleaning, you can add them to your power washing list before putting them into storage for the winter.
🗹 Winterize Tools & Equipment
To help protect your outdoor tools and equipment they should be winterized and put into indoor storage. Learn about the importance of storing your tools here. Any other outdoor equipment, such as your lawn mower, weed wacker, any outdoor plumbing such as fridges and sinks, should all be winterized and put into storage or shut off and covered properly. Hire a Pro to help you winterize your landscaping equipment. And be sure to hire a Pro to help shut off your outdoor plumbing to prevent any accidents this winter.
Organizing your outdoor spaces, yard maintenance, seasonal clean ups, and landscape care should all be a part of your yard clean-up list. Use this list as a reference and add to it if needed. For more information about maintaining your yard, gardening, and fall clean-ups, head to The HomeStars Blog.