TIPS ON SPRING-CLEANING YOUR YARD

March 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Home, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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It happened! This winter, New England broke the 1995-1996 record of 107.6 inches of snow in a single winter with a total of 108.6 inches. However, with the approaching milder temperatures, sporadic breakthroughs of sun, rain, and fog, there is also a lot of melting going on. Hopefully, we will get to see springtime daffodils and crocuses after all.

Previously, we provided tips on de-winterizing your home. With the first day of spring arriving Friday, March 20th, we would like to offer some tips on spring-cleaning your yard:

  • The combination of melting snow and spring rains tend to over-saturate the ground and can lead to water in your basement. Low areas in the yard or next to the foundation should be filled with compacted soil.
  • Remove firewood that has been stored near the house. It should be stored at least two feet away from any structure.
  • Rake up dead leaves and twigs from the yard and garden beds. Last year’s leaves can make a great compost, but not if they keep the grass from absorbing sunlight.
  • Inspect concrete slabs, driveways, and walkways for cracks or movement and make any necessary repairs.
  • Prune away dead and damaged tree branches, bushes, and perennials.
  • Prepare all of your outdoor equipment for proper use. Make sure your mower blades and tiller tines are sharp and your mower belts are free of cracks, fraying, or other signs of wear. Check garden hoses for cracks and dry rot. Have supplies of gas and oil stored safely on hand for weed-whackers, lawn mowers, and leaf blowers.
  • If you are hiring a professional clean-up crew, ask for their certificate of insurance as added protection, should you need to file a claim.

As you work through the clean-up process, protect yourself as well! Try not to over-do, stay hydrated, and take extra care against muscle strain. Whistle while you work and call us if you have any questions about your home-owners policy. It is time to THINK SPRING!

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