The excitement of spring is almost upon us, and as a landscaper in Dublin, I spend a lot of my time at this time of year helping people get their gardens ready for the season. There are plenty of jobs to do to make sure your home is ready for spring so when the good weather arrives, you can spend time in your garden doing the things you love best, like planting flowers and veggies or just enjoying the warmer weather.
Clean your gutters.
One of the most important things you can do is clean out your gutters. Gutters are designed to collect water from roofs and direct it away from the house, but if they become clogged with leaves and other debris, they won’t function properly. If a gutter isn’t draining properly or if water backs up into a wall or foundation due to clogged gutters, there’s a chance that damage could occur inside your home as well as outside it.
It’s best not to wait until spring before cleaning out your gutters–you should do this every year before winter sets in so you don’t have any surprises come wintertime!
Clean your roof.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is clean the roof. Over the winter, your roof is battered with rain and the cold weather, which can lead to a build up of dirt, leaves and mould. A soiled roof can cause all sorts of problems and cost you a lot of money in the long run.
Getting your roof cleaned and spring ready will not only make your house look so much better, it will also enable you to see any problems that need addressing before they become costly to repair.
Clean your patio
With the warm weather on its way, your patio will soon become one of the most important spaces in your garden. A clean and well-maintained patio will add value to your home and can be used for all sorts of entertaining during spring and summer months.
The first step in getting your patio ready for spring is to give it a thorough cleaning so that mould doesn’t start growing on its surface. If you don’t clean off any mouldy build up from last year, you’ll end up with an ugly green slime on top of your stone, which be a trip hazard and could lead potential buyers away from making an offer on your property when they come round for viewing purposes later down the line!
Trim your hedges.
Hedges are the unsung heroes of the garden. They provide privacy, colour and structure. But they also need regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. During winter, when temperatures are cold enough for plants to go dormant, but not so cold that they die off completely (and therefore require a lot more work), is the ideal time for trimming hedges.
If you wait until spring or summer when temperatures rise above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), this will cause new growth on your shrubbery that could become damaged by frost before it has time to harden off properly, which means you’ll have an even bigger job later on!
Cut your trees back.
The best time to cut back trees is in the autumn, but you can also do it in the winter, before spring arrives. With all the leaves out of the way, you can see where the tree growth may cause you problems, affecting the roof of your house, your outbuildings or overhanging next door’s property.
If you’re unsure about what type of tree trimming needs doing on your property, consult with a professional who can help identify any problem areas with your trees and recommend appropriate treatments based on those findings.
At New Leaf, we can take care of all of this for you, so when spring arrives, you can spend more time in your garden doing more of what you love. Get in contact to see how New Leaf can get your home and garden ready for the warmer weather.