16 Yard Maintenance Tips For Summer
Spring cleaning is behind us (hopefully!) and the heat is intense. Depending on where you are at, you’re battling rainstorms, humidity and 100 degree weather. It truly feels like a sauna out there. But with all that, comes the fun activities like biking, swimming, taking the kids to water parks, sun bathing, watering flowers, lake and boating excursions and maybe even a summer family vacation! We truly hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. There are, however, some summer home maintenance tasks that should be taken care of in order for optimal summer joy, fun and peace of mind. We’ll walk you through the list of our 16 yard maintenance tips for summer and if you have any questions feel free to comment below! We suggest printing this list out, grabbing a pencil and taking a walk through your yard.
Check Your Air Conditioner
This is first on the list for a reason! Checking your air conditioning unit is crucial. If it’s dirty it’s not running efficiently. You’ll also want to check refrigerant levels, which will keep your bill down and your home cool. Check your air filter. Can’t remember the last time it was changed? It’s probably time to change it. If you’re using your AC unit on a daily basis it is advised that you actually change it every month. This will help your AC bill to remain steady. Check your coils to make sure they are clean and check for any wrong wiring...that’s a fire hazard folks. If anything is dirty, it’s a good idea to hose it down, but be sure to turn the breaker switch off before you do!
Clean Your Gutters
Yes. It’s most likely time to clean your gutters. Keeping clean and maintained gutters is a very important home maintenance tip in general. We recommend, at the very very least, twice a season. When it rains, leaves and debris get matted down, which is why we have built the EZsmart rake, so you can safely scoop it out from the ground and loosen all the gunk. If that gunk stays there and isn’t scooped out, it can cause rainwater runoff, which can cause serious damage. If rainwater is flowing over your gutters, you’ve got a problem. This can cause serious water damage to the exterior of your home and flood your basement. There is good news though, you can easily avoid this by just cleaning out your gutters! We’ve made it easy for you. Watch this video to learn how to clean your gutters from the ground or check out this post to read about it.
Check Your Windows
Windows keep the hot air outside and the cool in. You don’t want any of that humidity seeping through, rudely interrupting a dinner party or movie night. It’s not fun to be hot, especially in areas where it is supposed to be cool. So take a gander at all of your windows. Notice if you can feel any air coming through. You’ll want to check both outside and inside. As much as it stinks to be hot inside, it stinks even more to be paying to keep the outdoors cool. If you notice any cracks you can use caulk to fill them in. A good window cleaning will also help to keep your windows in tip top shape!
Clean Your Exterior
Maintaining your exterior is an important part of keeping up your home’s value. An easy way to do that is to pressure wash the exterior of your home. Pressure washing the outside walls of your home will get any grime, dirt, mildew and any unwanted material off. Be sure to cover electrical units, plants, and anything else you don’t want to get wet. Pressure washing can be intense! You don’t want any mishaps along the way.
Clean Your Grill
It’s time to clean your grill! One of the ultimate yard maintenance tips for summer! Well, okay it’s not technically part of “the yard” but we don’t want you to forget about it! If you’re like us, you thoroughly enjoy being outside, entertaining and grilling. Your grill is most likely on display and the gathering spot for outdoor cook outs and get togethers. Like your home, you’ll want to maintain it. Here are popular cleaning methods:
For gas grills, turn the heat up to high and let the grill cook with the lid closed for 30 minutes. Let the grill cool and then brush it off with a grill brush. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser and then clean the grill's drip pans.
For charcoal grills, empty the grill completely and wipe out any ash residue. Clean it inside and out with hot water, a sponge and some liquid dishwashing soap like Dawn. Let the grill dry completely before using it again.
Inspect Your Deck
Bad decks always seem to get pointed out by guests, never in a mean way (hopefully) but they just do! Because it’s noticeable. It gets a lot of traffic, not only is it a place for hanging out but also a place where your kids rinse off their feet before coming in, where food spills, your animal’s throw up (because the grass is never close enough), where you put a doggie pool for your dog to cool off, where you make your kids eat popsicles, and so much more. They easily get dirty and wear down. So, it’s time to inspect them, see what the damage is from the previous seasons and notice where it needs a little work. Check for nails that are popping up, hammer those bad boys in so all little toes and feet are safe, check for cracks, and determine if it is time to seal your deck. When you drop water on it does it bubble up or soak right in? If the answer is soak right in, it’s time to put a sealant on it!
Clean Your Porch
Porches, like decks, get a lot of traffic. It’s most likely time to give your porch a good scrubbing. This won’t take long but will look spick and span when you are done. We recommend sweeping your porch with a sturdy broom and then mopping with an all purpose cleaner. Swiffer Wetjet does a great job inside but won’t do the job for outdoor patios. Get a real, old fashioned mop from a store like Home Depot and you will be all set!
Freshen Up Mulch
Mulch definitely adds lots of curb appeal to any home, but it does require some maintenance. Every year mulch needs to be placed on top. Throughout the season the mulch withers and washes away, looking not so fresh anymore. By adding a new layer, not only does it look a thousand times better, but it also keeps weeds from growing and helps the ground retain moisture, in return giving your plants a chance to grow in the intense summer heat!
Check Your Hoses
This one sounds a little weird, but hoses can get overlooked! You’ll want to check to see if they are damaged in any way, check to see if your hose holder is broken or dirty, and specifically you’ll want to look for any leaks in the hose when you turn your water on. You can get aesthetically pleasing hose holders for pretty cheap at Home Depot to make your wife happy. If it just needs cleaning, then you know what to do! If it is leaking a little bit you can fix it with electrical tape, otherwise consider replacing the hose. Those leaks will eventually make your water bill go up. Save water, save money, check your hoses folks!
Give Some Love To Your Plants & Grass
Out of all the yard maintenance tips for summer this one isn’t really a one and done task. Throughout the summer you’ll have to do these tasks. You’ll need to prune what needs to be pruned, pull dead foliage, give attention to both perennials and annuals in order to keep them happy and productive; leave green leaves alone even if you know the plant is going to go to “sleep” for a while, they are still working hard to be pretty and this will keep them productive until they bloom again. Get your plants on a watering schedule. It’s best to water in the morning, but keep an eye on the weather, you don’t want to overwater your plants. Keep your plants happy, keep the bees happy, and you’ve got one happy environment!
Your grass on the other hand, probably won’t be affected by over watering in this intense heat. It’s important to remember to water your grass and get it on a schedule. It’s best to water for a few hours at a time as opposed to a little bit every day. They say that it’s best to water early in the morning, but if you don’t have someone that can turn the hose off after a couple of hours, consider doing it right away when you get home from work and see how that goes.
Be A Dirt & Mud Detective
Make sure you have door mats ready to go, otherwise wet, muddy feet from playing in the sprinkler will be entering your home often. To make sure it stays outside, keep a bucket of water right before your deck steps that your kiddos can step in to get the dirt and mud off of their feet before coming on to the deck, then place a doormat outside and inside of your back door! This will help your floors tremendously.
Consider A Clothesline
Yes, we said it! An outdoor clothesline to hang your wet clothes in the summer is a great way to save energy and some money. Plus it might even be fun for your kids to hang their wet clothes outside, enjoying a popsicle afterwards. This is a great place to hang wet swimsuits and towels.
Climb Up In The Attic
We know, this isn’t really the idea of “fun.” But, you’ll want to climb up there and look for any damage, leaks, discolored insulation or moldy joists. If you have an attic fan, make sure that it is running properly and that nothing is blocking the screen, such as bird nests or debris.
Check Your Kids’ Playgrounds
Make sure every bolt is tightened, there is no wood rot, no areas where they could get a splinter, double check to make sure it’s sealed properly (if it is wood), if it’s metal then check for rust and squeaky places. Make sure to check for mold. You’ll also want to wipe any spider webs down and give it a good cleaning.
Clean Out The Crawl Space Or Shed
This will help you stay organized when trying to take care of your lawn. You’ll also want to check for any rot, mold and unwanted animals like possums. None of that would be fun to encounter for any member of your family.
We hope these yard maintenance tips for summer proved to be helpful for you and your family! If you have any questions or additional tips, feel free to comment below! We love learning and getting new tips from our customers. Have the best summer you have ever had!