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Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Spring

Preparing for warmer months is the perfect time to replace, renew, and replenish your outdoor areas. It doesn't take much time or expense to accomplish a fresh outlook.

Spending a few weekends cleaning up after the winter aftermath will brighten the whole appearance of your home's exterior and put you in a good mood when you pull into the driveway after a long work day.

Here are some areas to focus on:

Clean Up the Grime

  • Wipe down door handles, door plates, knobs and hinges with a damp cloth to get rid of dirt and wintery messes. Metal hardware will look even better with a quick swipe of Nevr-Dull Wadding Polish. Make sure you read the label and follow the instructions. The polish will add some sparkle right where you need it.
  • Hose down and sweep walkways, driveways and patios to remove leaves, dirt and anything else the wind has left behind. A power washer can get rid of any stains left on concrete and other hard surfaces.
  • Wipe down outdoor lights and other fixtures to remove winter buildup.
  • Wash the windows from the outside. Spending money on a professional window cleaner works, too.

Replace and Renew

  • Buy a new welcome mat for the front door and other entries. A clean, bright mat looks much better than a grubby, faded one.
  • Replace burnt-out exterior light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent ones.
  • Check the doorbell to make sure it works and replace it if it doesn't.
  • Add a new bench, swing, patio set or umbrella to put a new spin on your entertaining area or porch.

Refresh Outdoor Spaces:

  • Replace or wash dirty cushions and hose down the patio furniture. Clean then paint any wood furniture to make it more inviting.
  • Cleanup flower pots and flowering plants, trim shrubs, and tidy up flower beds.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts so spring rains don’t spill in the wrong places. Pay special attention to the elbows or angles in your gutter system—debris can hide in these areas and cause problems when least expected.
  • Sweep. Sweep everything. Remove cobwebs and clean out corners on porches, decks, sidewalks and along garden and pathway edging. Remove debris buildup that has landed under downspouts.