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Tips to get your home ready for summer



Have you ever wondered which season Canadians love most? It’s summer! Those that live in the Great White North enjoy participating in fun activities like hiking, camping, watersports, and cycling during this time of year, which means experiencing the outdoors.

However, before heading off on your summertime adventure (provided that you’re following all of the social distancing rules in the area that you're visiting), make sure that your house is taken care of while you’re away. Planning on an awesome staycation? Organizing your home will make things more efficient and take a load off your mind.

Home areas that need tending before the warm weather arrives include your backyard, garage, garden (or lawn), and gutters. Check out these tips to get your home ready for summer. After completing these tasks, you’ll be onto more fun activities in no time.

How to prepare outdoor furniture for summer

Sitting outside on your front porch or in your backyard on a warm summer evening is a great feeling. When there’s a beautiful purple hue across the sky and a cold drink in your hand, everything feels right. However, if your outdoor furniture needs cleaning or replacing, it might prevent you from having a good time outside.

Different kinds of furniture require specific cleaning methods. It’s crucial to do your research before you ruin your table and chairs. For example, an all-purpose cleaner can be used to make plastic and resin furniture look new again. Whereas a mixture of mild dish soap and water is suitable for cleaning wrought iron and stainless steel materials.

Dish soap and lukewarm water can also be used to clean outdoor fabrics. You may also be able to toss chair cushion covers into the washing machine for a more thorough clean. However, always remember to read each item’s washing instructions carefully to make sure that they are machine safe.

How to organize your garage for summer

Summer activities like hiking, camping, sports, and bike riding involve a variety of equipment and safety gear. To make room for these items, start your garage organization by decluttering and tossing things that you don’t need. For example, winter tires can be moved to your basement along with sleds, skis, and snowboards.

Once you’ve removed unnecessary items, start separating your things into categories, putting the most used objects near the door for easy accessibility. For example, if you play sports like tennis and basketball regularly during the summer, keep your racquets and balls together so that they’re always ready to go.

If you’re running out of room to store larger items like your family’s bicycles, consider hanging them on the wall or from the ceiling. You’ll need a bicycle mount or rack and a safe place for installation.

How to tend to your garden and grass before summer

When winter seems to finally be over, it tends to come back again for one last chill. In 2020, we had a snowfall in May, which is a phenomenon that hasn’t happened in 82 years. Sometimes, it feels like you can never really predict when the snow is gone for good.

The end of May or the start of June seems to be the safest time to start working on your garden and tending to your lawn. At least there’s less of a chance seeing snow in June in Ontario. (We hope!) Therefore, this is the best time to work on the greenery around your home.

In regards to your garden, you’ll want to pull out any weeds and turn the soil over to get rid of pests hiding underneath. If necessary, consider adding fertilizer to prepare it for a healthy growing season and decide which vegetables or flowers you’re going to plant this year.

To have a vibrant and green lawn, experts recommend first raking up dead leaves and clearing debris. Then, use a grass fertilizer to encourage growth. Are you fighting against bald spots in your lawn? Consult your local garden expert for advice on the best grass seed for your yard. Once you’re ready to cut your grass, adjust your mower so that the blades remain 3 to 4 inches high for a thicker look and feel.

How to clean out your gutters before summer arrives

Cleaning your rain gutters is never a task anyone looks forward to doing. However, it’s essential to have a clear channel to redirect water away from your home. Over the fall and winter months, things like leaves and dirt collect inside your eavestroughs, making them less efficient during spring and summer rainstorms.

Consider using a trowel or scoop for unclogging if you don’t want to use your hands to remove debris. You’ll need a ladder to get up to your roof, so make sure that you have someone on the ground spotting you for safety. As you clear out your water drainage system, dump the trash into a bucket instead of onto the ground. It will save you time cleaning up later.

Once your gutters are clear, stand outside the next time it rains and observe that everything is draining smoothly and that there are no leaks or cracks in the channels.

Summer is a thrilling time full of lots of wonderful possibilities for fun and excitement. After completing these tasks, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the warmer weather worry-free with sparking patio furniture, an organized garage, a healthy lawn, a blooming garden, and clean gutters. We hope that you have a fantastic season!