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Spring Has Sprung! 

As we sit in view of the much-anticipated May Long Weekend, I'm sure we're all thinking the same thing; "How will I spend all that time...?". While Netflix certainly has enough movies and shows to last you the weekend-and then some, many of our properties are in need of some TLC, particularly freshening up our yard or pulling all that patio furniture out of storage! 

If that sentence hit too close to home, don't fret, we've included some easy-to-follow steps to get that Spring Cleanup project started and out of the way! 
1.   Lawn
Your Lawn is the first place you should start. Survey your yard for any for any trouble spots and then tackle problems head-on with these tips and tricks:
  • Heavy traffic and pet messes ruining your grass? Sprinkle soil over the area with a combination of grass seed and fertilizer. Keep dirt moist until the seeds sprout into grass.
  • Remove any debris cluttering your lawn: Pick up any fallen branches or twigs, clean leftover pet messes, and rake leaves when the ground is completely dry.
2.   Trees, Shrubs, Perennials
Give your plants a solid foundation to build upon by clipping away any dead, dying, or diseased branches. While you're at it, cut back any branches that are encroaching on walkways or high-traffic areas, so they don't get accidentally broken off during the spring and summer months.

3.   Garden Beds
Flowers need room to grow, so it's important that you clear garden beds of fallen leaves, dead foliage, and unruly weeds before spring is in full swing.
  • Dig up perennials, including daylilies and hostas, and divide them into three-stem groupings. 
  • Flowers need room to grow, so it's important that you clear garden beds of fallen leaves, dead foliage, and unruly weeds before spring is in full swing
4.   Patios & Pathways
  • Dirty Patio Furniture: If your metal and plastic patio furniture needs a good clean, mix a generous amount of dish liquid soap with warm water in a bucket. Then spray the furniture down with a hose and wipe down with a scrub brush. 
  • Wicker and Rattan Furniture: Dip a soft cloth in mild soap and water, and wipe off the furniture surface. Remove any dirt in the grooves with a toothbrush. 
  • Get Rid of Mud and Grime: After clearing the patio, sweep any debris and hose down until clean. Create a mixture of one cup baking soda with two cups distilled white vinegar, and spread over the concrete patio with a mop. Let sit for 30 minutes, then use a nylon-bristled scrub brush to scrub clean.
Information Courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com
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