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Preparing Your Home for Summer

by Kuhrich on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Spring is here, bringing with it rain, sun, warmth, and renewed growth after a long and oftentimes brutal winter. Soon, summer will arrive, and gardens will be in full bloom, flowers will be opening everywhere, and your home will be asking for some serious upkeep attention. In fact, while fall, winter, and sometimes spring can be harsh in terms of weather, it is often summer when all of the problems facing your home and lawn really become an issue. As such, it’s often a good idea to tend to various aspects of your home long before they become a problem. Generally speaking, spring is the best time to do this!

But just what is there to do? Sometimes it can seem as though there is so much to tend to with your lawn that it is overwhelming. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be. By taking a step-by-step approach and handling each major issue at a time, you can break down the task of home and lawn care into several manageable projects. Just make sure you’re doing everything that absolutely needs to be done! To help you, here are three projects that every homeowner should undertake before summer truly hits:

  1.       Lawn Care

Your lawn, of course, is the part of your home that is most impacted by the change in seasons. Increased levels of rain and sunshine, along with the weather heating up, means that spring and summer is the time for your plants and grass to grow and become healthy again after a long, dark, cold winter. However, this is also a great opportunity for pests and weeds to move in and absolutely take over your home. To prevent this, use herbicides to surgically remove weeds from your lawn. With pests like raccoons, don’t be afraid to set traps or call animal control!


  1.       Plant a Tree

Speaking of your lawn, there is more to do than mere upkeep and protection. The pre-summer, May-time era of spring is an important time for planting. If you have the space, the climate, and the interest, then now is the time to plant a tree – perhaps a fruit tree, if you’re looking to enjoy more than just the shade of your sapling.


  1.       Seal Your Driveway… Again

Your driveway can quickly become a mess if not regularly taken care of. It certainly seems enough abuse over the course of a year, from the elements – such as rain, sun, snow, hail, wind, and natural debris – to oil and gas, the weight of vehicles and whatever happens to be unloaded onto your driveway. A good seal every year will help to keep your driveway looking good while ensuring it stays in top shape!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com