We are not even a month into spring and the trees are not just budded out but leafed out, flowers are in full bloom and many of you have mowed the lawn a few times. I was thankful for the lack of deep snow this year but really hoped I could get by until closer to May before starting lawn services. The lack of a significant cold spell has us well positioned for a strong season of bugs. The additional rain we have been experiencing will feed a bumper crop of mosquitos especially if you have ponding water around your yard. They mentioned on the news that our pets, dogs and cats in particular, will be exposed to more ticks and fleas than usual. The exposure for heart worms from mosquitos will also be higher. Make sure the family pets regularly receive their medications for these pests. It is not too late to also schedule pest control treatment for your house. Spiders will be around in record numbers at this rate. So with spring already feeling more like summer what other tasks should you be considering for your home?
• Weed Control – The warm, wet weather has germinated weeds early this year both in landscape beds and the yard. Apply the proper herbicides soon to try and get control. My application of Preen last fall and again early this year did not seem to have the same level of impact as in the past. Too much rain and too warm to early.
• AC Service – Like mowing the lawn, many of you have also already switched on the AC for the couple warm days we have already experienced. Once we switch over, we often forget about the needed annual cleaning and service to get the best performance and life out of the system.
• Spring Cleaning – The pollen has been so heavy so early it has added to normal task of spring cleaning. Windows, carpets, general house cleaning should all be on your list. And don’t forget about gutter cleaning in the spring. Many species of trees in the area like maples and oaks shed debris as they bloom that can be just as much of a problem as the leaves in the fall.
• Outdoor Maintenance – Normal outdoor maintenance is getting an early start this year so if you plan to have painting or roof work, it is not too late to get on a contractors schedule. It is also warm enough to have roof stains (algae) treated and look at driveway sealcoating.
• Landscape Clean-up – Landscape companies are hungry to get at it because of no revenue from snow removal this winter and the weather is giving them an early start. The early warmth has also made for more work to be done with rapid early growth for pruning. It is still a little early for fresh mulch although you wouldn’t know it by the lines at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Give the ground and old mulch a chance to dry out.
• Pool Opening – It has already been in the 80’s so if you have a pool it is not too soon to get the cover removal and opening scheduled so you can jump in and get refreshed after completing some of the projects listed above.
Maintenance in the long run is always less expensive than major repairs so tackle the list a little at a time so as to not be overwhelmed and give up. If you need any help completing your items or have questions you want addressed, don’t hesitate to contact us at HomeServicesLink. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-271-1888. Our members have access to a variety of discounts and special offers from many of our partners and preferred contractors saving many times the annual $29.99 fee. Cincy Chic readers get 3 months membership free of charge.