With springtime emerging in Asheville, it’s time to focus on prepping your home’s outdoor spaces for maximum warm-weather enjoyment. Here are a few tips for outdoor cleaning, sprucing and setting up for spring.
Reseal exterior wood
Outdoor wood on areas such as decks, fences and railings should be stained and sealed regularly, especially ahead of the heavier use warm weather will bring. Doing so will ensure that the woodwork lasts longer and stays in better condition.
Removing all of the leaves and other debris that have accumulated in your gutters and downspouts over the winter months is an important early step. Doing so helps to prevent damage from spring rains, protects wood trim from rot, and diverts rain properly so water doesn’t collect around your foundation.
Prep for yard care
Now is the time to sharpen mower blades, check sprinkler systems for leaks, and make sure other yard-care equipment is in working order. If you have perennials planted in your yard, sprinkle fertilizer, spread mulch and cut back dead growth in preparation for new blooms. If you’re looking to spruce up your patio, adding planters or hanging flower baskets is an easy and inexpensive way to welcome spring.
Clean or update outdoor furnishings
If you’ve got patio or deck chairs or couches, give them a good cleaning to remove debris that’s accumulated over the winter months. Toss removable cushion covers in the wash. If you’re looking to update or add outdoor furnishings, look for pieces that are weather proofed: Think aluminum, teak or specialty outdoor synthetics, including fabrics that are UV-protected. Add umbrellas or retractable awnings to create shady spots.
Get ready to entertain
Warm weather invites backyard gatherings. To create the ideal outdoor entertainment spot, start by adding festive lighting: Consider string lights hung around a patio, or in-ground solar-powered lighting along pathways. Fire pits are easier than ever to install, and even come in smokeless designs. Al fresco dining can be enhanced with an outdoor grilling or cooking system.
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