With the warmer weather comes dinner on our back porch, weekly trips to the Soda City Farmers Market, and housework….lots of it! I’m not sure if anyone else is like this, but spring brings me the incessant need to clean and spruce things up around my yard and home.
As a homeowner myself, I know that thinking about everything that needs to be done around the house can become overwhelming. The first piece of advice I can give you is DON'T try to do everything in one weekend or even in one week. You will become burned out!
This is part one of a three-part series about Spring Home Maintenance that will help keep your home up-to-date so you can avoid feeling overwhelmed trying to tackle big ticket items every few years!
Think through your YARD maintenance first. South Carolina gets warm early in the spring, and before it’s too hot to be outside for very long, give your yard some attention. Every April in Columbia, SC we have the Plant and Flower Festival at the State Fairgrounds! This is also an awesome place to get flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, fertilizer, seed, etc.
Every Spring, I suggest going through this list (in order) to make sure your yard is ready before the blazing heat of the summer!
- Check all your equipment before breaking it out to do yard work.
- Make sure all lawn equipment has the correct gas/oil and is working properly. (ie. lawn mower, trimmers, weed wackers)
- Check your all your handheld tools like shovels, rakes, and gardening tools to make sure nothing has rotted or rusted. The last thing you want is to be digging up a root and your shovel snaps.
- First check for any holes in your yard, fill them in with dirt. (I use dirt from digging holes for new bushes and plants to fill in holes our dogs dig)
- Pull and spray weeds. Make sure if you’re going to spray them with some type of weed killer that it isn’t going to rain within 24 hours. Also make sure that you’re using pet-friendly spray or that your animals are out of the yard.
- Early spring is a good time to aerate and seed your yard.
- Trim all your bushes and hedges.
- Clip back dead limbs or overhanging tree branches.
4. Yard Plants:
- Add fertilizer to any flowering bushes/trees.
- If you’re going to add new landscaping, make sure you do it before it gets too hot so the plants can adjust and don’t go into shock. Using a little soil conditioner around the new plant helps with the shock as well.
- Plan ahead when it comes to adding new plants to your yard. (Look at where the yard gets sun throughout the day, the layout of plants based on height and color)
- Spruce up your beds with a fresh layer of mulch and/or pine straw. This will help with watering and it gives the yard a fresh look. If you have pine trees (like we do), I rake all our pine needles into our beds in the fall/winter so that it just needs a little fresh pine straw and some fluffing in the spring.
6. Pot Plants:
- Time to get rid of your winter flowers and plant new flowers and/or herbs in your pots/window boxes/planters/etc.
- If you have a bug treatment or contract get them to come check it and spray before the little clover-mites come out.
- Have your yard sprayed for mosquitoes or plant a few citronella plants around the area you’re in the most.
These are the steps that I take when I’m getting my yard spruced up for the spring. Keep an eye out in the next few days for my second post, continuing on with spring cleaning and home maintenance tips!