After winter’s chilly rains, ice and snow, you’re probably more than ready for spring to arrive. But is your home? Gearing up for the coming spring in Asheville requires some simple yet important home maintenance steps; by performing these tasks, you can ensure that your property’s seasonal transition will be smooth sailing.
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.
Reseal exterior wood
Decks, fences, railings and other outdoor woodwork benefit from a stain and seal every year or so, especially ahead of the heavier use warm weather will bring. Doing so will ensure that the woodwork lasts longer and stays in better condition.
Inspect roofs, driveways and paths
The freezing and thawing that comes with wintry weather can take a toll on the concrete and other hardscaping materials on your property. Closely examine walkways, paths, roofs and driveways for cracks, holes and other damage, and patch before the problem grows too large. Extremely damaged concrete may need to be replaced completely.
Check sprinklers and clean/set up rain barrels
Spring is the ideal time to check irrigations systems; doing so can save water and money. Make sure heads haven’t been damaged, and adjust any that are errantly spraying. If you use a rain barrel to collect rain for watering your yard, it’s important to clear out sediment and organic debris that accumulate at the bottom of the barrel, and set it up properly in preparation for Asheville’s spring showers.
The warmer temperatures and increase in humidity mean a more hospitable environment for mosquitoes. Don’t let them set up shop in your yard: The key is getting rid of standing water around your property (and for neighbors to do the same!). Look for places where water stands, and remedy or maintain those spots.
Keep your cool
Spring is the time to schedule air-conditioning service. Doing so will not only ensure the most efficient use of the system, but will extend its life. Make sure to clean or replace HVAC filters. And if you have ceiling fans, don’t forget to give them a good wipe-down to eliminate the dust and particles that accumulate on top of the blades.
Get your garden going
Asheville’s last frost typically occurs in early to mid-April; ahead of that, pull up weeds, trim and clear dead twigs and brush, and plan out which plants you’d like to add to your yard. After the last frost, find flowering plants that thrive in early spring to bring brightness to your garden; seed any patchy lawn spots to take advantage of the moisture our April showers will bring; and mulch around trees and any perennials that have started popping up.
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