Bye-bye snow, hello spring. Much of Canada slogged through a long, cold winter and those first blades of grass and the beginnings of colorful blossoms are most welcome. But with spring comes spring cleaning. If you’re planning on putting your home on the market, that annual ritual is even more important. Here are some tips on how to make your home’s outdoor space shine.
You never know what you’ll find after that three feet of snow in your backyard melts away. Chances are you’ll find broken branches, damaged plants and weeds, which seem to survive anything. All of this outdoor clutter must be cleared away to give your lawn and shrubs some healthy growing space. Besides, dead leaves and other clutter can get moldy and even cause plant diseases.
After you’ve cleared out the clutter, prune and clip the remaining plants. This is the time to add some nutrients to the soil, vitamins for your plants if you will. Plants that haven’t survived the winter should be replaced. Your lawn also needs a bit of encouragement. Do some reseeding if need be but at least give it a good dose of lawn fertilizer. Pull any weeds, since these take away nutrients from your lawn and plants. Give your lawn a quick mow to encourage growth. Use a high setting so you’re not cutting too much greenery from your winter ravaged lawn. If you find any dead spots you can reseed.
Your pet has been venturing out and using the facilities all winter long. Picking up after your pet during sub zero temperatures or when your yard is covered in snow is not always practical. When that snow melts you will usually end up with a different kind of yard clutter. Things can get unpleasantly aromatic very quickly if these deposits are not removed. If your house is going up for sale, an aromatic backyard is a turn-off for prospective buyers. It’s no fun, but you really need to get out and scoop the poop.
Give your roof the once over from ground level. If you see missing shingles, dark spots or other issues you might want to climb up and take a look. Not fond of heights? Call a professional to get up on that ladder, and maybe clean your gutters at the same time. Gutters tend to collect debris during the winter. You need them clear to promote proper drainage.
Your walkways have been dealing with snow and ice for months. Some of them you may have just left alone, but the ones that lead from your home to the street or to the garage have been shoveled and scraped to death. De-icing salt, useful for making sidewalks safe, is very hard on concrete and other materials. Pressure-wash all walkways to get rid of salt residue and ingrained dirt.
Your fence may need sprucing up. Maybe all you need is a coat of paint. That’s great. But take a closer look at the condition of the posts and slats to make sure they are structurally sound. Some parts of your fence may need replaced.