- Clean out the garage (before you go out and repurchase things you already own)
- Wash the windows (nothing lets in more sunlight than clean shiny windows)
- Wash the patio furniture (setting it back outside again will put a smile on your face)
- Hose off the front porch (playing with water is always a fun thing)
- Clean out the flowerbeds (get ready for the flowers before you bring them home)
- Clean out the gutters (make sure they are in good repair and ready for spring rains)
Every spring we see advertisements that encourage us to freshen up the exteriors of our homes. It’s so easy to get excited about adding beautiful flowering plants and fresh mulch to our landscapes. Everyone wants their home to have great curb appeal. However, few people realize how important gutters are to maintaining the curb appeal of their homes.
Spring showers are great for greening up your landscape but if your gutters are leaking, those beautiful foundation plantings are taking a beating. Make sure you look up during those rain showers to be sure your gutters are not overflowing and are draining the rain water away from your home’s foundation. Stop any water erosion by having your gutters cleaned, repaired or replaced.
Gardening is hard work and we want our efforts to pay off for many years to come. Don’t let the rain wash away all your hard labor. I have learned this lesson the hard way; one of my spring projects is to add soil and grass seed to an area where the soil eroded due to an overflowing gutter. Don’t let this happen to you.