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Yard Maintenance - An Introduction

Sep 16, 2008
Along with the great summer weather comes many outdoor jobs that have to be done. It takes a lot of work to keep your lawn and the exterior of your house looking it's best. Some things can be done seasonally, but many jobs need to be done on a weekly schedule.

Your landscaping is one thing that requires constant care to look it's best. If winter wasn't good to your lawn, you can plant grass seed to cover bare spots. Fertilizing your lawn will replace nutrients in the soil that winter freezes have destroyed and give you a thicker lawn.

If you have a number of flower beds, then you might spend a good amount of time weeding them. One way to reduce the weeding is to lay wood chips around the flowers. Plastic sheeting can also be employed to keep weeds from appearing around your plants and will help hold the water in the soil and reduce watering time.

To protect your decking it should be given a good clean a minimum of one time during the. Leaves that are stuck in cracks can remain wet and cause rotting and must be cleaned out. A pressure washer is the easiest way to completely clean any debris that is stuck. If the surface is looking worn, refinish the deck and paint on a moisture resistant coating.

Solar lights are fundamentally care free additions to your yard. The only looking after they need is an occasional cleaning. Light coverings should be removed and cleaned to remove dirt and dust. And, any debris should be removed.

With all of the other external jobs that should be performed, the exterior of your home sometimes is neglected. A visual inspection needs to be performed to look for loose boards, siding or bricks. Rainfall will drip behind any exposed areas and will rapidly cause your foundations to rot so this is essential maintenance.

A swimming pool can give you hours of fun and enjoyment, but it can also cause you hours of extra work. Testing the water must be carried out on a weekly basis and any required chemicals must be added as soon as possible. A pool filter should be used daily to remove any debris that will clog up your pools filter.

Keeping your yard jobs done on a regular schedule can actually save you time in the long run. There're also many ways to eliminate some chores, such as installing automatic sprinklers. And, the less work that you have to do, the more time you can spend participating in your favorite summer activities.
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Money saving tips - if you own a swimming pool, supplies can be bought at low prices if you buy at the end of the summer. Buy an indoor/outdoor rug. Use inside during winter and take outdoors in summer.
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