Many of us have yet more winter weather in store for us this season but, believe it or not, spring is just around the corner! Soon your perennials will be waking from their winter slumber, and things like long walks and gardening will be back on your roster. Your home and garden have suffered through this long, bitter winter right along with you, though, and they will need some TLC as soon as you dig them out of the snow to make sure your flowers bloom, your roof keeps the spring rains out of your attic, and your driveway doesn’t become one big pothole. Read on to discover 5 key ways that you can care for your home and garden this spring, so you will be ready for lots of barbecues this summer!
1. Roof Inspection and Roof Repair
Just like the roads, your roof couldn’t escape this winter’s extreme weather. One of the best things you can do for your home this spring is to give your roof a thorough inspection as soon as the ice has melted and your roof is dry. Clear your roof of any debris, and follow these 6 steps to make sure your roof is ready to protect your home from this spring’s rains. This will help you prevent leaks, which can cause serious damage to your home and cost you some serious dough. If you don’t feel safe climbing on your roof, call in a professional to inspect your roof. Your wallet will thank you!
After you’ve inspected your roof and repaired any leaks or other problems, make sure that your roof hasn’t fallen victim to moss, green algae, black algae, lichen, or mold and mildew. All of these ugly growths detract from your home’s appearance, and moss and lichen can actually damage some shingles and even lead to leaks.
If any of these growths have invaded your roof, wipe them out with Wet & Forget Outdoor. Wet & Forget Outdoor conquers moss, lichen, algae, mold and mildew with no scrubbing or power washing needed, and keeps them away for a year or more in most cases. Larry F. of New York was thrilled with how easy it was to get rid of the moss and lichen on his roof for good. Instead of climbing on your roof again and again to fight these nasty growths, let us do the work for you, while you enjoy the outdoors this summer!
2. Inspect Your Rain Gutters and Downspouts
Your rain gutters and downspouts are just as important as your roof when it comes to protecting your home. As rainwater runs off of your roof during a storm, the gutters guide the water into the downspouts and away from your home’s foundation, where it could cause problems ranging from a wet basement to a cracked foundation. The Foundation Repair Association recommends cleaning your gutters and downspouts at least twice a year, in the spring and fall, and more often if you have a tree near your home. To protect your home’s foundation, click here and learn how to clean gutters and downspouts. For optimum protection, make sure that your downspouts release the rainwater at least 5 feet from your home’s foundation (unlike in the photo above).
3. Check and Repair Your Driveway
Just like the streets in your neighborhood, your driveway probably took a beating this winter. While the road crews are out this spring repairing the damage, it’s important to check your driveway for any potholes, cracks, lost gravel, or other problems that pose a threat to your driveway. Repairing the damage this spring will keep it from becoming worse and leading to major repairs or a premature driveway replacement. Click here for essential information on caring for your asphalt or concrete driveway, or click here to learn how to protect your driveway if it’s made of gravel or pavers.
After you’ve repaired any winter damage to your driveway, check it for moss, lichen, algae, or mold and mildew. All of these growths can turn your driveway into an ugly mess, but that’s not all: Moss and lichen can damage the surface of some driveways and worsen cracking or crumbling, and algae or mold and mildew can make your driveway dangerously slippery. Conquer these culprits with Wet & Forget Outdoor. Wet & Forget Outdoor works with the wind and rain to annihilate moss, lichen, algae, mold and mildew, and keep them away for a year or more in most cases. Wet & Forget gets the job done with no scrubbing needed, and it won’t leave a muddy mess behind like a pressure washer can, or kill your lawn like bleach or other caustic chemicals can.
4. Jump-Start Your Spring Cleaning with Wet & Forget!
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, we all start thinking about getting rid of all of winter’s residue with some good spring cleaning. Wet & Forget is here to help you supercharge the process, so you will spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the sunshine.
Wet & Forget Outdoor conquers moss, green algae, black algae, lichen, and mold and mildew on your outdoor surfaces with no scrubbing or pressure washing needed, and keeps them away for a year or more in most cases. Wet & Forget Shower dissolves away soap scum, grime, body oils, and mold and mildew stains on all of your shower’s surfaces, with no bleach, no ammonia, and no scrubbing. Just spray and walk away once a week for a sparkling-clean shower–it’s that easy! And Wet & Forget Indoor Mold + Mildew Disinfectant Cleaner kills mold and mildew, cleans the mess, deodorizes, disinfects, and inhibits mold growth with no scrubbing and no smelly bleach. Just spray on, wipe off, and you’re done!
5. Get in Your Gardening Groove!
Spring is when the sun finally comes back and wakes up the earth. If your green thumb is itching after being stuck indoors all winter, now is the perfect time to get back into your gardening groove!
March is almost here, and it’s the ideal time in much of the U.S. to start vegetable seeds or flower seeds indoors, such as onions, tomatoes, and cornflowers. Click here for your March gardening guide, and click here for some new crop ideas for beefing up your vegetable garden.
Great gardening is about what you plant, and it’s also about how you plant it. Water conservation is important for the environment, especially during dry spells like the severe drought in California. Click here to learn how to minimize your garden’s water consumption with xeriscaping, and click here to learn all about using a rain barrel and watering your garden the eco-friendly way. For more organic, environmentally-friendly gardening inspiration, click here to discover worm composting.
Minimizing your water use is an excellent way to care for your garden, and so is maximizing your space. Vertical gardening is perfect if you live in an apartment, have a small garden space, or just want to get the most out of the space you have. Another wonderful way to get more out of your garden and boost your harvest is to build raised garden beds. Now is the perfect time to start planning, so you’ll be ready as soon as the snow melts!