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Spring Cleaning Checklist

by Mark Rieger, Mark Rieger Realty

The arrival of spring brings with it many new projects and the time to tackle annual spring cleaning.

 

Here is a spring cleaning checklist that will help keep your home in great shape:

 

  • Clean out your attic, garage, storage room, and closets. Throw away or donate unwanted items.
  • Put away winter items such as gloves, boots, coats, pants, etc. to make room for a warmer wardrobe.
  • Power wash the exterior of your home, windows, porch, deck, patio, driveway, and sidewalks.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and light fixtures.
  • Clean out gutters.
  • Put a new coat of stain on wooden decks and sheds.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Wipe down doorframes, walls and baseboards.
  • Clean out sliding door tracks.
  • Lubricate all door hinges.
  • Deep clean carpets or have the professionally cleaned.
  • Clean under furniture and appliances.
  • Dust and clean blinds and shutters.
  • Dust indoor light fixtures.
  • Clean out the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Clean out your pantry, cabinets, and drawers and discard expired spices and other food.
  • Reseal and repair grout in bathtubs and showers.
  • Go through medicine cabinets and safely discard any outdated medications.
  • Wash and dry shower curtains and liners.
  • Rotate and/or flip mattresses and clean comforters, bed skirts, and pillows.
  • Wash or dry-clean rugs.

Keeping Your Lawn Greeen With Less Water

by Mark Rieger, Mark Rieger Realty

Summer is approaching and many of us have been outside getting our yards and lawns ready for the warmer weather.

 

Communities around the U.S. have started to impose water restrictions in an effort to conserve water resources. In some cases, utility companies will increase rates once customers pass a certain usage level. There are many creative ways to conserve water while maintaining a beautiful lawn this summer.

 

How Much Water Does My Lawn Need?

 

Using too much water when watering the lawn is a big mistake many homeowners make. Lawns generally don’t need as much water as we assume they do. One to two inches each week should be sufficient for any lawn. Excess moisture may even damage your lawn. Yellow or pale grass is a sign of over watering.

 

Using a rain gage can be helpful in determining how much water your lawn is receiving.

 

When Should I Water My Lawn?

 

It’s important to make sure you water your lawn at appropriate times. Watering your lawn in the morning or during the day will likely just waste water. Most of it will evaporate before it’s absorbed. The best time to water your lawn is in the late evening after the sun sets or during the early morning when the air is cool. Watering for just a few minutes every day only allows for the upper roots to thrive, while the lower root system dries out. Watering for a longer length of time just a few days a week allows the lower root system to get sufficient moisture.

 

Creative Lawn Watering Ideas that Conserve

 

  • Kids love playing in the sprinklers. Allow your kids to play in the sprinklers and move the sprinkler around the lawn while they play to ensure all parts of the lawn are watered.
  • If you have a kiddie pool, empty it over different parts of the lawn to recycle all that water.
  • Give your pets a bath out on the lawn.
  • Rinse off outdoor furniture on your lawn.

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