How to Prepare Your Outdoor Living Space for Spring
Our favorite season is here. Enjoying the outdoors can be more than just for summer. Spring is a great time to clean up your patio and yard so you can spend more time outside this year. Here's how you can prepare your outdoor living space for spring.
Put away your winter supplies
To create space for work, you need to put away your winter supplies first and clean the furniture.
- Clean your patio furniture if it has been exposed to the elements all winter. Wipe down with a rag dipped in a solution of water and mild soap, then let dry before storing away for next year.
- Organize your space for spring by tidying up lawn furniture and other items that have been stored on the patio all winter long, as well as putting out garden accessories that will be needed when warmer weather arrives (shovels, rakes, etc.).
- If you haven’t done so already, make space for a garden.
If you have a garden, now is the time to prepare it for planting. If you don’t have one, think about what kind of outdoor living space you have available and how big a garden would fit into it. You can always start small and expand later if necessary.
Clean your patio furniture
When spring rolls around, it's time to give your outdoor living space a tune-up. One way to freshen things up is by cleaning your patio furniture.
Start by vacuuming the cushions and other fabric surfaces with a soft brush attachment. Then, wipe down all surfaces with warm soapy water and rinse them clean with a wet rag or sponge. If you have oily residue on wood furniture like teak, try rubbing some coconut oil onto those sections. This will add some moisture back into the wood while also keeping it looking fresh and shiny (and even protecting against sun damage). For more detailed work, like when moving in, you can first get your basic process from experts.
For any stubborn spots that don't respond well to standard cleaning methods, consider using an enzyme cleaner. You can even use a simple bleach solution made of one part bleach to ten parts water - just be sure that whatever you use isn't going near any fabrics.
Tidy up your lawn
It’s time to take care of your lawn and fertilize it well. But first, you need to remove everything from it and check if there are insects on it.
- Remove leaves and debris
- Mow the lawn if it needs it
- Check for insects. If you spot any, treat them with an organic solution or a non-toxic pesticide like bifenthrin
- Fertilize your lawn if needed; this will help it come back after winter by encouraging root growth and greening up quickly
If you have a small yard, you can do all of these things in one day and check the water supply, pipes, and heating systems. If not, break it into smaller tasks that are easier to manage.
Put out garden accessories
If you have any garden accessories that don't need to be stored for the winter, now is the time to put them out of your outdoor living space. These could be bird feeders or bird baths, hammocks, patio umbrellas, and chairs.
Make sure they are well-maintained and in good condition by thoroughly cleaning them with soap and water before putting them up outdoors again. If you are moving out of home, there are proper ways to pack and move gardening tools and keep them safe during winter until you move. Also, make sure they are easy to access when moving in.
Organize your space
Organize your outdoor living space. If you're serious about outdoor living, there's a good chance that it's not just a place to chill or hang out; it's where you also work, store tools and equipment, and tend to plants and lawns. Make sure that everything has a place, so they don't end up scattered around the yard in the garage or shed instead of in the middle of all action. Organize your tools. Having an organized system for storing things like rakes and shovels will make them easy to find when needed - or even better, easily accessible right where you need them on the porch or patio.
Consider investing in a tool caddy that can hold multiple implements at once. Keeping each tool together with its mate will make finding them much more manageable than looking through cluttered drawers at home. A little bit goes a long way here—you might be surprised how much time is saved every time someone uses something different from day to day.
Make space for a garden
Your garden is the perfect place to get started on your spring cleaning. This can be a fun project for you and your family, so make sure everyone pitches in. Find out what is necessary when it comes to details until you start.
You’ll need to prepare the soil by removing weeds or debris and adding fertilizer to give it some extra nutrients. Be sure to plant seeds at least two weeks before it’s time for them to sprout and water daily until they do. If you have any larger plants that need repotting, now is also an ideal time. Keep an eye out for pests like caterpillars or slugs, which will thrive under these conditions; pick off any leaves that are damaged by bugs, so they don't spread disease throughout the rest of your harvest.
Make it an enjoyable experience to be outdoors in spring and summer
To make your outdoor living space more enjoyable, here are a few tips:
- Make sure you use the right products on your furniture. You don't want to use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners if they're not necessary. Your patio furniture should look as good tomorrow as it did today. So, be careful when choosing what to use.
- If you have wood decking or concrete areas where you store your patio furniture during winter and bad weather, be sure to hose them down with a garden hose once late spring arrives. This will remove dirt and debris from these surfaces and prevent unsightly stains from appearing over time.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on how to prepare your outdoor living space and are ready to get out there and make your outdoor space beautiful! Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect or expensive—just enjoy yourself, take your time, and have fun with it.