With the weather improving, it’s a good time to get out of the house and give the exterior and garden a bit of a ‘spring clean’ – ready for the summer. You don’t need to call in the professionals, or splash loads of cash to get things sorted – there are a few things you can do to improve your surroundings –
Roof and guttering
With storm season coming and going, the roof and guttering can take a lot of battering. If it’s safe to get up on the ladders, take a look for any areas of obvious damage. Missing or cracked slates or tiles need to be replaced. If the guttering is blocked, clear any debris away and use your pressure washer to blast away and mould and residue.
Walls and Brickwork
Take care if you are water blasting paintwork. Use recommended chemicals to loosen up any scum or slime that has accumulated around the house. Brickwork can take a full on pressure wash, and this can be a satisfying job at this time of year.
Giving these a clean can be a real boost at this time of year. Window Vacuums are increasing in popularity, and with good reason – they do a cracking job. I can do all the ground floor windows of my place in less than ten minutes! You might have to do this throughout the year though – sahara sand in the rain leaves filthy marks on windows!
It might still be too wet to get stuck into any lawn related matters. But new growth is not far away. It’s a good time to get out there with your pruning shears and cut back hedges, bushes and even trees before they start to bud and grow. If you’re looking at growing your own fruit and veg, you don’t need a massive greenhouse. Polytunnels are an inexpensive way of starting to grow seeds successfully, and come in all shapes and sizes.
Get stuck into any fence patching and repair. Replace fence panels that have seen better days. While you’re in the mood and the toolbox is open, give it a good clean out. Ensure that your tools haven’t been quietly rusting away and seizing up during the winter. A good solid waterproof tool box is a definite must in our damp climate.
There’s nothing sadder than a set of garden furniture languishing in the corner of the patio all covered with green slime or moss. Give them a good wash down, ready for the summer. Got wooden furniture? It’s a good time to treat it as soon as it has dried out and finish with a good quality wood preserver.
It might be a little early for the sunshade or patio umbrella, but the main thing is you’ve got out there and got your outside ready for even warmer days.
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