Spring-clean the outdoors for warm weather fun

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Your backyard might be looking a little neglected after winter. That’s normal for any backyard, but the urge to freshen it up comes right along with it. If the warmer temperatures, bright sunshine and the blooming flowers of spring give you the energy to clean, you’ll be glad you made the effort.

Make outdoor spring-cleaning a breeze with these simple tips:

  • Get the grill ready – Barbecues and picnics are as much a part of summer as baseball and trips to the beach. Your grill is central to the fun when you’re cooking and dining outdoors, so get it ready with a good cleaning.
  • Clean outdoor surfaces without scrubbing – Over time, wood and composite decks, concrete, railings, awnings and outdoor furniture can accumulate mold, moss, mildew and dirt. An environmentally-sensitive mold and mildew cleaner will gently remove outdoor stains on any exterior surface without scrubbing. Use a multi-surface outdoor cleaner that is designed for use around landscaping plants.
  • Spruce up your view – Clean windows not only brighten the interior of your home, they can make the exterior look fresher, too. Spring is a great time to remove screens and give them a good cleaning. Hosing them off should do the trick, but if they’re really dirty try cleaning with a little soapy water and a soft scrub brush. Before you replace the screens, clean the windows. Arm yourself with lots of paper towels and a good glass cleaner. One that contains vinegar will be effective and eco-friendly if you’re concerned about exposing your landscaping to harsh chemicals. Be sure to clean the outside of your windows first.
  • Enhance the natural environment – If you plan to put in a garden of flowers, trees, vegetables, shrubs and fruits, that’s great! Sticking to native plants is also beneficial for a lot of reasons. Native plants are better for the wildlife, since they’re already part of the food chain in that area. They also tend to need less watering, since they’ve already adapted to the rainfall.

Updating your yard for the spring can be a really great thing for the local environment. Do a little planning and research before you jump into it, and you’ll end up with a variety of ideas that are good for you and for the local flora and fauna.     Now that the backyard is cleaned, you’re ready to relax outdoors with a refreshing glass of ice tea, and enjoy the beauty of springtime.