Nail Your Curb Appeal: The Importance of Tidying up Your Yard
Whether your yard is big or small, creating a beautiful, dreamy outdoor space designed for a relaxed outdoor living will certainly add wow factor to your home’s exterior. However, creating an alluring landscape is a lot like raising children. It needs lots of love and demands constant attention since it’s a complex blend of different living, breathing formations – flower beds that scream “Water us!”; lawn that needs its weekly haircuts; bushes and trees that can eat into the siding if left neglected. Yes, creating the perfect summer sanctuary is an arduous task but if not taken care of properly, you won’t be able to enjoy it. Therefore, consider your whole space.
Fencing, walls and gutters are just as important as flower beds. They represent key pieces of the whole landscaping puzzle yet in the spectrum of yard maintenance, they are the most overlooked. If left at the mercy of the weather, they’re bound to accumulate a lot of dirt, rust and fungus. Hence it’s important to think about caring for these not-so-living parts of your garden infrastructure that have served you so well. If you decide to skip the chore, you run the risk of clogged downpipes, cracked foundation and gutters falling off house.
But the implementation of the cleaning project isn’t easy to cope with since it’s one of the more laborious tasks you can undertake, plus there are many different elements that need attention. Even if you can decorate your outdoor space, cleaning gutters and fence staining require a different set of skills, so you may want to hire professional auxiliary services. If you want to make your outdoor area the envy of the neighborhood that is.
Keep Gutters Clean for a Smooth-Running Home
Gutters are a form of exterior plumbing designed to channel rain water off the roof and away from your house. If not cleaned, they could lead to flooding, discoloring of exterior siding and cracked foundation. Clogged gutters can also cause water to collect in pools which can lead to water leaks causing structural damage and a moldy mess.
Did you know that mold can cause serious health problems? From allergic reactions to irritated eyes and nose and asthma attacks, mold exposure can also damage respiratory systems. Hence it’s of utmost importance to ensure your gutters are not blocked with leaves, twigs, dirt and debris. Prevention is better (and cheaper) than cure.
It’s best to schedule gutter cleaning once a year, however if you have a lot of trees, your gutters may need more frequent sprucing up. To ensure your project is tackled quickly, it’s best to consider professional auxiliary services. They have the right tools for the task. Plus, they take safety seriously. Gutter cleaning does seem as a simple chore, however if you don’t take necessary precautions, it can turn dangerous pretty quickly. Therefore, it’s best to hire a professional.
Tackle Dirty Messes with Power Washing
We clean the interior of our homes almost on a daily basis, but rarely do we consider the state of our exteriors. How hypocritical of us!
Cleaning exterior walls is the last thing most of us think about – until they’ve become so filthy that they diminish the look and feel of a landscape. But simply hosing them down won’t get rid of the accumulated dirt. Only an incredibly potent cleaning device such as a power washer can shine your house back to its previous glory.
Besides cleaning mold, mildew and dirt off walls, power washing is an effective solution for cleaning muddy and greasy driveways, clogged gutters and roofs covered with leaves. However, just like gutter cleaning, power washing only seems simple. By taking matters in your own hands, you run the risk of damaging the siding and even getting bilateral eye injury caused by a strong jet of water. This is where professional auxiliary services can prove to be invaluable. Hiring a professional to power wash your garden spotless will save you time, money and trouble.
Fencing: Decorate and Protect
Although commonly installed as a protective barrier to ward off intruders (and prying eyes of the neighbors) and create privacy, a fence is also an aesthetic element of a landscape. It’s the first thing people notice yet we give them little attention relative to other parts of the landscape. Metal or wood, your fence deserves consideration. And routine maintenance.
Any kind of wooden or metal fence is susceptible to moisture damage, which is why having it stained is very important. Experts recommend staining every 2-3 years or if the fence feels damp to the touch. Staining not only protects against the damaging effects of the sun’s rays and other weather elements, but also helps prevent the cracking and splitting of the wood.
However, stain fumes can be very dangerous and can trigger asthma, so it’s best to leave it to the pros. Many landscaping companies provide staining as part of their auxiliary services, plus they have the tools and skills to tackle the chore safely and fast.
As the summer season takes hold, tidying up should rise to the top of your to-do list if you want to perk up your landscape.