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Power Washing in the Garden (and Other Outdoor Cleaning Tips)

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy morning coffee on the deck, a barbeque with friends, and a game of cornhole in the driveway. With school out and a more flexible schedule, you finally have the time to spend outdoors. Before you can fully enjoy the season, you need to do a few things to get your outdoor space ready. Here are some tips for cleaning things up!

Power Washing

At this time of year, pollen and other grime have probably built up your deck, patio, garden, concrete pathways, and other outdoor areas, and simply wiping down the surfaces or hosing them off doesn’t seem to get them clean. Aside from being unsightly, pollen and mold can cause a host of other problems including allergies and damage to your home. Powerwashing will prepare your space for summer and enhance your outdoor experience.

Prune dead branches

Dead and damaged branches should be removed as soon as you notice them. Cutting dead branches reduces the chance that they will break off and cause damage, and also helps a tree to look and grow better. When pruned properly, removed branches will not grow back. Instead, a pruned tree will grow a callous over the pruning cut, which will help protect the tree from decay and infection.

Clean gutters

Gutters control the flow of rainwater and protect your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape. Over time, your gutters get clogged with leaves and other debris which can cause damage to both the exterior and interior of your home. Clogged gutters also make a nice home for pests, rodents, and mold. As you prepare the outside of your home for outdoor gatherings, don’t forget to have your gutters professionally cleaned.

Clean exterior lights and change bulbs

Outdoor lighting can have a big impact on the look of your outdoor garden and patio; It is also necessary for safety. Illuminated walkways can prevent a fall and keep your home secure. Take the time to clean your exterior lights and change the bulbs to make it easier for guests to navigate your outdoor space.

Windows and screens

On warm summer evenings, you may open your windows in hopes of catching a cool breeze. If your window screens are filthy, any breeze that comes in will end up blowing dirt and pollen throughout your home. To improve the air quality and overall aesthetics of your home, it’s important to clean your windows and screens at least once a year.

Replace mulch

Mulch can create a healthy environment for your soil by conserving moisture and suppressing weeds. Mulch can also be used to enhance your landscape design. For a boost to your flower beds, remove some of the old mulch and replace it. There’s an array of options including pine straw, hardwood bark, and even cocoa bean shells that can be used to complement your shrubs and flowers.

 

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