Summer To Do's
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Summer is the season to enjoy your home, not fix it. But still, some chores must be done. Keep on top of them, and you’ll still have plenty of time for beer and barbecues. And if you need anything don't hesitate to call, I'm here to help!
Remember to set your mower on the highest setting so you do not cut the grass too short and expose it to drought and weeds. Dig up the weeds weekly to save time on maintenance long term. Water the plants and deadhead flowers that are past their bloom. These steps will keep your garden looking tidy, and your neighbors content. Need help with your lawn or garden?
Water your plants and foliage - plants prefer a good soaking a few times a week rather than a light, daily drizzle.
Sprinklers - Spring showers are done and we are in the summer pattern! That means your plants will need extra water from your sprinklers. Check your system. Hire a specialist if you can’t do it yourself:
1. Turn the sprinklers on manually, one station at a time.
2. Walk around the yard and check to make sure sprinkler heads are upright.
3. Look for clogs and clean the valves out with water from the hose or a brush. Leaky valves probably need to be replaced.
4. Make sure the spray is wide enough, and not blocked by any foliage. You may need to prune plants or adjust the flow on the valve.
5. Check the timers.
If you notice leaks, pooling water or low pressure, it could be a sign that underground pipes are cracked, a problem that usually means it’s time to call someone.
Exterior repairs- Summer is the time to stain the deck or repair the porch!
INSIDE YOUR HOME
Ceiling fans- Reverse the setting on your ceiling fans to counterclockwise. This pushes the air down, creating a nice breeze.
Air conditioning- Whether you have central air-conditioning or window units, you should clean your filters at least once a month, particularly if you’ve been running the A/C a lot. Need help with your system?
Plan for extreme heat - It was a dry winter, and heat waves are inevitable this summer, so prepare your home before the hottest weather arrives. Check the weather stripping around doors and windows to keep the cool air in. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes. Check on your neighbors, particularly older ones who live alone.
Bugs and other pests - You’re not the only one who loves your home. Termites, ants, and stink bugs like it, too. Some infestations, like a single trail of ants, may be resolved with a spray can and a thorough cleaning of the area. A single visit from a pest control company costs between $250 - $500, but if you sign up for a $50 monthly contract check the fine print! Online complaints about pest control contracts are common.
And finally, consider home improvement projects for fall! Many contractors are focused on outdoor projects in the summer months. Now is the time to lock them in for your fall and winter indoor improvements. If you plan to paint a few rooms or update a bathroom, get bids now so you can schedule the jobs for the cooler months ahead.