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Your Outdoor Spring-Cleaning Checklist

Spring will be here before you know it! Now is the best time to get prepared. At Creative Environments, we count spring as one of our favorite times of year. Here’s a handy checklist to help take advantage of the beautiful Spring weather here in the Valley of the Sun.As the weather gives way to warmth, chances are that you are going to want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. To prepare, we recommend starting off by doing one comprehensive tour of your outdoor environment. Walk the perimeter of your fence line and check any outdoor structures for degradation or signs of decay and neglect.

Next, tackle the gutters in advance of spring showers. You’ll want to remove any leaves, sticks and debris that can obstruct clear drainage. Not only will this ensure that your gutter system lasts longer, but it can keep moisture from damaging your house.

If you are one to pressure wash, it’s a quick and easy way to remove debris buildup from a variety of surfaces. The patio deck, the outside of your house and driveway all could use a solid rinse to remove stubborn stains and start the season with a clean slate.

We tend to move to the yard next. While it may be slightly too early to plant for spring, it’s the perfect time of year to prepare your beds and start to plan for the year’s best blooms.
Aerating any green space is critical to restoring oxygen, water, and sunlight to winter damaged areas. As for trees and shrubs, prune any dead or damaged branches as well as check for any frost damage.

As the days start to get longer, you’ll find yourself lingering in your outdoor spaces more. This means that you should double check lighting issues now. Since lighting is such a key component to ambiance, you want to get this one right.

Last but not least, if you have a pool or spa, it’s never too early to give it a little TLC. Take a reading of your water chemistry and adjust balances as needed, remove dirt and debris and run your filtration system to stay on top of the healthy water game.

If you’re looking to add something new to your space, call (480) 777-9305 to speak to one of our design experts!

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