Finally, spring has sprung in Boise! After a long winter, it feels great to get outside in the East Boise sunshine, spruce up our yards and think about planting flowers and adding color to the outside of our homes. Whether staying or selling your house this spring, a little exterior cleaning, sprucing up and gardening will go a long way to adding curb appeal.

For ideas on what to plant, check out neighborhoods with properties you like to see what they have planted. For example, builders such as Boise Hunter Homes are constructing new homes with varying house and yard styles in Harris Ranch, Harris Crossing, Dallas Harris Estates and Harris North, and have professional landscapers that know what grows well with low maintenance in this climate. Or, you can look at more established neighborhoods such as Harris Ranch Spring Creek / Mill District, or River Run and Lakewood, to see how plants will mature. Before you invest in trees, shrubs or plants, you should know your Plant Hardiness Zone, so you can assess how to proceed.

Once you gather some great ideas for inspiration, you will need to get started. And, like any list of chores, dividing them into manageable areas will help:

For the Garden

Whether you have a large garden, medium flowerbeds, or just a small planted area, completing these chores will make a big difference:

  • Weeding: Removing weeds is much easier when they’re small and the soil is moist with spring rain. To minimize the reappearance of weeds, consider using weed control fabric or tarp in your garden or flowerbeds.
  • Plant New and Uncover Established Plants: If you use covers to protect delicate plants, remove them as soon as the danger of frost has passed.
  • Pruning: Spring is a fine time to prune trees and shrubs. Consider their overall size and shape when you’re and recycle the clippings in a brush pile for the birds or by creating mulch or compost.
  • Insects: Spring is the best time to treat your garden area and flowerbeds for insects to minimize any pest problems.
  • Mulch: Rake the mulch in your garden and flowerbeds to mix air closer to the soil and refresh the color of the mulch.

For the Lawn

Even a beautiful home will look dingy if the lawn is in poor shape. While you don’t want to wash your lawn, there are several spring cleaning chores that can help it look its best.

  • Litter: The first task is to pick up any litter and dispose of it properly. Remember to check underneath trees, shrubs, and bushes as well.
  • Raking: Dormant grass is easily flattened and matted by months of snowfall. Gently rake your lawn to remove dead grass, perk up the dormant blades, and give your lawn a boost.
  • Aeration: Over time your lawn can become compacted, making it difficult for water and air to reach the roots of your grass for the lushest, greenest growth. Consider an aeration service to help loosen your lawn and encourage thicker, sturdier grass.
  • Fertilizing: A spring fertilization treatment can give your grass a boost of nutrients for strong spring and summer growth. You can apply a fertilizer yourself, or contact a lawn care company for an estimate.
  • Sprinklers: If your yard has a sprinkler system, check the condition of the visible pipes and valves, and test the system to be sure it is working well.

For the House

Cleaning the actual structure of your house is easy and will instantly improve its appearance.

  • Windows: Washing windows and screens will give you a sparkling view of spring even if it’s still a bit too cold to be outside enjoying it as much as you want.
  • Gutters: Cleaning out rain gutters is a fall chore for many homeowners, but checking them again in the spring will ensure that no debris has become clogged in them during winter storms.
  • Siding: Pressure wash the siding of your home to remove grime. Be sure to start at the highest points of your home to avoid washing dirt down onto clean areas.
  • Garage: Cleaning out the garage will give you more space for summer equipment such as bikes, outdoor games, and gardening equipment. This may be a good time to hold a yard sale as well.

And, if you’ve seen something you like while looking around in Harris Ranch or another East Boise neighborhood, please give Templeton Real Estate Group a call. We offer a free and confidential consultation, and with your listing, complimentary staging services! As your East Boise real estate experts, we will walk you through each step, make the process easy and stress-free for you, and sell your house faster and for more!

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Sources:

http://www.boisehunterhomes.com/

http://cleaning.lovetoknow.com/Exterior_Spring_Cleaning

http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/