It’s time to rake up those leaves and get back in the Spring of things! March 20th marks the beginning of the 2014 Spring Season. Get a jump start by using our Spring Cleaning Backyard Checklist! Print it out and use it as you walk through each aspect of your backyard to make sure that everything is in good shape!
How many times have you “forgotten” or conveniently “put off” your Spring cleaning chores in the backyard? Not this time around! Spring cleaning will be a breeze with this handy dandy checklist to remind you of all of those easy to forget areas.
20 Spring Cleaning Tips for the Backyard!
1. Inspect Fencing and Outdoor Structures
Walk by every inch of fencing around your house looking for rotting wood, broken boards, leaning points, or holes beneath the soil. This is especially pertinent if you have pets in the backyard. In the same fashion, inspect your outdoor structure for any signs of decay or support/foundation issues. We’ll show you how to deal with common backyard pests in #6.
The winter rainy season has most likely washed leaves, sticks, branches, and who knows what else into your gutters. Make sure that there is nothing obstructing the flow of water. This will make your gutter last longer and prevent any drainage issues around your house next season.
3. Cob Webs
Clean underneath the eaves of your roof with a cobweb duster. Halloween is over so you won’t miss all those little guys hanging around the house.
4. Trash Cans
This one might sound odd but a clean trash bin can work wonders in the backyard. Not only will it improve cleanliness around the home, it will help eliminate the odor that comes from old trash cans. It’s best to incorporate this into your Spring cleaning checklist before the odor becomes unbearable and is hard to get rid of.
5. Patio Furniture
It’s time to break out the patio furniture and inspect for any problems with the frames or the cushions. If you’re patio furniture is in need of a touch up, you can make due by giving your wicker furniture a fresh coat of paint. If it’s time to retire your old patio set, you can check out some all-weather furniture by visiting Patio Productions. Below are some additional tips to clean outdoor furniture.
6. Check for Pests
You should do this throughout your backyard Spring Cleaning walk through. Look under items that have been sitting and are positioned around water. It’s always best to tackle these guys before they grow in numbers. For serious cases, call a professional pest control serviceman to get rid of unwanted inhabitants. You can handle some of them yourself by following the instructions below:
The favorite chore that everybody loves to hate. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to pull out some weeds. Pull from the base to remove the root from the soil. This will keep them from growing back. To scare the heebie jeebies out of weeds, you can employ these 6 Tips to Eliminating Weeds.
8. Aerate the Lawn
Spring is the best time to aerate your lawn. After the rainy season, soil has moved and often times becomes compacted. Aerating your lawn will help your grass grow by creating the right balance of oxygen, water, and sunlight. Fill in damaged areas with seeds for best results. Your lawn should ideally be kept at 2-3 inches.
9. Trees and Shrubs
Prune any dead or damaged branches. Do a visual inspection for winter freeze damage that could stunt the growth of your plants. Don’t get too attached, whatever you cut off will grow out and blossom in the next few months!
10. Mother’s Garden
Prune flowering perennials to 4-5 inches in height. You can use snail repellent to get rid of snails. There are also a few ways to get rid of aphids in the garden. Because of its seasonal nature, the garden should always be on your Spring Cleaning Backyard Checklist.
11. Compost Bin
Spring Cleaning is the perfect time to start a compost bin! Compost bins are sustainable and they can actually save you money. Add valuable nutrients to your lawn and garden without having to purchase mulch from a hardware store!
12. Walkways and Patio
Look for cracks in your concrete foundation and have these issues addressed immediately before the problems gets bigger. A faulty foundation can be a major hindrance when selling your home. Often times banks won’t even qualify loans for a home with a cracked foundation. Make sure you stay on top of this before the spider effect starts to unravel your homes concrete foundation. If everything is in order, you can think about staining your patio concrete for a gorgeous look.
13. Barbecue Grill
Now the barbecue grill isn’t exactly part of the grill but it might as well be a part of the family during Spring and Summer. Dump out any old coals and give it a good soaking. If you have a propane grill, make sure that you let any water air out of the propane lines or else your grill won’t ignite.
14. Patio Umbrella
Patio Umbrellas tend to pick up a lot of dust over the year. Before dust and debris begin to settle, make sure that you beat your umbrella firmly to dislodge any dust that is sitting on top. You can use a hand brush or a vacuum extension if you’re in the zone! Don’t have one? These patio umbrellas a large, sturdy, and filled with color!
Now’s the time to check for any lighting issues. Replace burnt out bulbs. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, you may have to troubleshoot wiring around the house. It’s not a bad idea to replace all of them at the same time so that brightness is balanced across the entire outdoor area. You can try one of these 9 Enchanting Outdoor Lighting Ideas for fascinating results!
16. Doggie Paradise
Don’t leave out your extended member of the family. Make sure that your backyard is safe for your dog by checking out these Ideas for Designing a Backyard Doggie Paradise! Woof!
17. Outdoor Water Elements
Flush out bird feeders and outdoor fountains to keep the water lines clear and free of obstruction. Remember, it’s always best to use distilled water to prevent calcium stains! You can browse a collection of fire and water features that will take your backyard to the next level!
18. Porch Screen
Your porch screen keeps dust and foreign elements from entering the home. Close your sliding glass door and open the screen to prevent dust from entering the home during cleaning. You can use a hand brush to clean your screen. Don’t forget to sweep up what’s left afterwards!
19. Junk Removal
Load up the truck and take a trip to the local landfill. Get rid of any unsightly items that may have been sitting in the backyard. These unused items can be eyesores and prove to be a hindrance when looking to improve the look and feel of your patio.
Last but not least, dirty windows are hard to hide. Grab a bottle of Windex and a fresh roll of paper towels. Make sure that you clean all of the corners and the surrounding frame to whip your home into shape for Spring!
Additional Backyard Spring Cleaning Resources:
- How to Get Your Backyard Ready for Spring
- 3 Reasons Why You Should Purchase Outdoor Furniture Before Summer
About this Post
Cheryl Khan is a writer, free-thinker, and design expert. You may have read some of her posts on other home improvement blogs. She loves discovering new products that make cleaning easier!