If you live near the Lowcountry, temperatures have been rising earlier than normal. It’s made us excited for spring weather! Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine with your friends and family. But, that also means it’s time to tackle some of the home improvement projects you may have been putting off. It’s a good idea to start checking some of the things off your list before Summer rolls around.
Read on for the top five things you should do as the Spring season fast approaches.
#1: Protect Your Home From Pests
As warmer days become more frequent, so do increased insects and other outdoor pests. During the Spring, many pests emerge after a harsh winter. These can include anything like termites, rats, mosquitoes, ants, and in the South, the dreaded Palmetto Bugs. Protect your home against these unwanted visitors by checking its exterior for any holes or cracks and filling them.
Don’t forget to also inspect the interior of your house focusing on any stowaways you’re pulling out or putting away after the holidays. Attics and basements are prime locations that draw in insects. Keep things clean and control moisture in your home.
#2: Ensure Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems Are Working Properly
Check your home’s water system to make sure everything is working properly and efficiently. Inspecting your sprinklers early in the season can save water, save money, and save your plants.
To examine your sprinklers, run the system and walk through looking for any broken or damaged sprinkler heads and adjust any heads that are spraying the house to avoid moisture problems as well as any heads that are facing the street, sidewalk, or porches to reduce water waste.
#3: Double-Check Your Outdoor Tools and Equipment
During the winter you may have neglected your lawn tools for several months. Now as you start to bring those things out of the shed, it is important to inspect them before your first use of the season. Make sure everything is functioning properly; specifically, check your lawnmowers and other non-motorized equipment. Consider purchasing any new tools you may think you will need or that will ease your yard work.
#4: Check Your Vents
As you turn your heat off and your air conditioning on, it’s a good time to check your ventilation system along the foundation or in your attic. Make it a point to look for any missing or damaged screens, signs of insects or pests, debris or any other issues. Correct these now before they become a bigger issue later!
#5: Prep Your Garden
Layout a plan for your dream garden and begin preparing early in the season. Take this time to replenish your supplies and plan your first plants. Make sure that you have enough fertilizer and plant supports. You can begin planting vegetables and other small plants inside now and move them outside as the weather gets warmer or you can skip to plants that are frost-resistant. Clean your garden out by removing weeds, mulch, and debris that have built up in the winter.