While that may be hard to believe since we have been enduring below average temps and what I call a more “typical winter” in terms of snow, before you know it the daffodils will be blooming and the birds will be singing! With a winter as we have been dealing with there will be a lot of clean up and preparation required for your landscape so it looks and functions for the warm weather to come. Here are a few things to consider:
1) Look at your overall landscape. Are there changes or improvements you would like to make? Now is a great time to get ahead of the rush. When everyone else is waiting for it to get warm you can plan on making changes and get started so you don’t have to wait when everyone is busy!
2) What were some of the problems you had with your landscape? Were there drainage issues, insect problems, or some shrubs that were overgrowing the space?
3) Larger scale projects add value to your home or property. Do you need a patio in the backyard to allow you and your family the ability to come together and spend time enjoying what your property has to offer? Adding enhancements such as patios, front walks, and low voltage lighting can actually add real value to your property that can also help you sell if you ever decide to put your house on the market. Most of these projects will add more to the value of your home dollar for dollar.
4) Evaluate the drainage on your property. Poor drainage can result in costly repairs and cause problems down the road. Look at the downspouts and make sure all water flows away from the house. Don’t forget to make sure any area way drains are not clogged with leaves or other organic debris that can back up and flood your basement.
5) Look at the trees on your property. Are any of them damaged from heavy snows or winds? Broken branches that are hanging or stuck in the trees can be a real hazard if they were to fall. Are any branches touching your house? Branches can rub against the house and be an avenue for squirrels and other varmints or insects to get into your home.
These are just a few things that will take a little bit of time to check out and can save you a lot of headache down the road. So take the time and walk your property, take some notes, determine what you can and can’t do on your own, and let Sunrise know if you need some help! 703-544-0028