Spring Home Maintenance To-Do List
By: Danny Lipford
Outdoor Spring Yard Maintenance
- Sharpen Garden Tools: Get ready for gardening season by cleaning and sharpening garden tools. Small gardening hand tools can be cleaned using steel wool or a wire brush, and the edges sharpened with a file. Lightly sand the handles, then oil the blades and handles to seal and protect them. to sharpen pruning shears, take them apart, then clean and sharpen each blade with honing stone.
- Lawn Mower Tune-Up: Get your lawn mower ready for mowing season by changing the oil, cleaning or replacing the air filter, and cleaning or replacing the spark plug. Next, disconnect the spark plug wire, remove the bolts holding the blade, and sharpen the blade using a file, grinder, sharpening stone, or belt sander. Put the blade back on the mower, making sure the beveled side of the blade is facing up, and tighten up the bolts.
- Trim Shrubs and Trees: Overgrown shrubs can result in damage to your home’s siding, roof, and windows. Not only can the branches cause rubbing and moisture damage, but insects and pests can use those branches as a highway to your house! Trim tree limbs at least 6′ to 8′ away from your house to make it harder for animals, such as raccoons and squirrels, to get on the roof. Prune shrubs at least 18″ away from the house and air conditioning units. If you’re planting new shrubs, space them at least 3’ to 4’ away from the house to allow room for them to grow while still leaving enough space.