Make your outdoor spring maintenance plan
by Ellen Goff
Rethink how chores get done and make the best use of your time and energy. Try using the following criteria to determine which projects to take on yourself, then call in professional help to handle the rest.
- Time required - is it worth me spending my time?
- Skill level - do I know how to do it AND have access to required tools?
- Physical strength - do I have the stamina to work without injury?
- Affordability - can I afford to pay a professional to do part or all of it?
- Home value - what impact will the work have if it's done by a professional?
These questions will help you to be time-wise, especially for regular maintenance like cutting the lawn.
After evaluating your projects, consider this sample list of both April maintenance and recurring chores before developing your plan. Remember to check Angie's List for the best professionals to assist you in each area if necessary.
Lawn: spring weed treatments, irrigation system start-up, weekly mowing and trimming
Trees: final month for planting before higher temperatures set in
Shrubs: planting, pruning blooming shrubs like azaleas after their flowers fade
Flowerbeds: clear old plants and weeds, work in several inches of compost and slow-release fertilizer, install plants and cover beds with mulch
Window boxes and flower pots: clean and replant
Deck, patio, and awning: spring cleaning or power washing
Swimming pool and fountain: open, clean and fill for the season, regular cleaning
Fencing: installation or spring repairs