Spring has finally sprung! While we had a harsher winter than previous years, it was nothing compared to the rest of the country. Now that the sun is shining brighter and longer, it is time we focus our energy on maintaining what may have been neglected during the winter. April is the perfect window to tackle these projects because the taste of summer is on the tip of our tongues, but it is not quite fully here yet.
Some of these tasks may not require a lot of work, but should not be left unchecked. Here are the home maintenance tasks you should tackle in the month of April:
1. Check your yard for low spots
Task: After a spring shower, check for any areas in your lawn in which puddles form. This can kill the grass and is a mosquito breeding ground.
Solution: Stake the low spots while the water is still visible. Once you’ve marked the spots, fill them in with soil. Don’t worry about killing the grass, it will grow through the few inches of dirt.
2. Check soil drainage around foundation
Task: Make sure the soil is sloped away from the foundation so that it does not collect around your foundation.
Solution: Use an 8-foot-long stud (two-by-four) and a level to determine how much slope the land currently has.
3. Clean out planting beds
Task: Those planters have probably been neglected for most of the winter, it is time to clean out any debris and weeds to make room for mulch and compost.
Solution: To avoid double work, place a compostable bag on a wheelbarrow or garden cart, and fill it with weeds and spent plants as you work through the beds. If the green matter is disease-free, empty bags into your compost pile. If you see fungi or bugs, tie the bags and toss in the trash.
4. Check sprinkler system
Task: Before summer hits, make sure your sprinkler system is still working and reaching all zones of your lawn. If you find any dry spots, re-aim the sprinklers in those areas.
Solution: Draw a quick diagram of your property, and sketch in sprinkler heads and supply line locations. Turn on each zone individually, and note any problems on your sketch. Then turn off the system and water supply to make corrections and repairs where noted.
5. Spot worn and chipping exterior paint
Task: Not all house painting tasks are major. This yearly job involves inspecting your siding and exterior trim for small cracks and chips and repairing spots before moisture can penetrate.
Solution: Store and label extra paint in airtight containers so you can spot-paint as needed. Keep paint identification numbers on file so you can replace paint if you run out.