Time for a deep cleaning now that winter is gone

Now that winter

Spring cleaning

Spring cleaning.

Giving Your Maid Constructive Criticism

5/14/2010 Spring Cleaning in the Yard


While your maid service will certainly be able to take care of indoor spring cleaning, your yard might need a little extra attention from your own hands. Preparing your patio, deck, lawn and gardens takes some time and effort, so set aside a sunny weekend to take care of them.

If you have gardens, start with them. In Central New Jersey, weeds have already taken root over the past few rainy, warm weeks. Start by removing these unwanted plants from your beds. Be sure to dispose of them in sturdy black trash bags to prevent them from sprouting elsewhere in your yard. Once the weeds are removed, tend any plants that might need some spring sprucing. Some plants might have dead growth that can be trimmed and removed; others might need to be staked or protected with a cage. After the beds are all cleaned up, start planting, fertilizing and mulching the areas to keep them neat and organized.

Next, give the lawn a quick cut with your lawn mower. Or, hire a landscaping company to make the first cut for you. Typically, the first trimming of the year might be a bit more difficult than subsequent mowing—so feel free to invest a little more in lawn care this one time per year. Fertilize the lawn and spread new seed if need be to make your grass lush and green.

After you’ve taken care of the gardening and mowing, move on to other cleaning tasks. Sweep your patios, decks and pathways so any accumulated debris or dirt is taken care of. You might even consider a power washing to remove any stains or tough dirt. Give the sides of your home and garage a good cleaning as well. Don’t forget your windows: there are special window cleaning solutions that attach directly to your hose for easy, streak-free spring scrubbing!

Now that the sitting areas are clean, start uncovering your patio furniture or removing it from storage. Thoroughly wash each piece with water and a biodegradable soap, letting it sit in the sun to dry. Mold and mildew can accumulate on stored pieces and it’s an excellent idea to make sure they’re clean before sitting on them. Clean your barbecue grills with a steel brush and soapy water to remove any excess drippings from the previous season, and then fire it up on high heat for a few minutes to burn off any leftover grime.

Once your furniture is in place, you can start placing the finishing touches. Bring out your umbrella and open it up to shade your table. Place seat cushions and secure them to chairs. Clean your table top and set out candles or other decorations that you’ve missed during the long winter months. And, of course, don’t forget to serve your first outdoor dinner of the season. There are few things more relaxing than spending a relaxing Sunday evening outside in your freshly cleaned yard, and you’ll certainly agree that it was entirely worth all the trouble!


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