With the weather finally starting warm-up. There are a number of projects you should do to help prepare your home and yard for the summer months. This article from This Old House does a great job of identifying some of those projects. Enjoy the article and give me a call with any of your real estate needs. Tim Houterloot - Broker/Realtor 317-997-0165 cell firstname.lastname@example.org Source: This Old House | Repost Houterloot 4/28/2021 - As winter winds down and spring starts to appear, you’ll want to take care of a few simple projects to prepare your home for the warmer months ahead. From cutting back roses to cleaning your AC condenser, read our simple tips below. Cut Back Roses Roses should be pruned in early spring, while still dormant, to encourage blooming, improve air circulation to prevent disease, and control size. Time this task to when the forsythia blooms, making 45-degree cuts with sharp, clean bypass pruners or loppers ¼ inch above outward-facing buds. Exceptions to this rule: old-fashioned and heirloom climbing roses that bloom on old wood; they should be trimmed right after they finish flowering. You can prune away dead or diseased stalks at any time. Sharpen The Mower Blade One easy way to improve your lawn’s health and looks: Mow it with a sharp blade. To sharpen it yourself, pull the mower’s battery or spark plug, remove the blade, and clamp it in a bench vise. Hold a mill bastard file flat against the beveled edge, as shown, then push the file across the edge. When all edges feel butter-knife sharp, remove the burrs with a file held flat against the underside of the blade. Remount the blade, and bid ragged, brown grass tips good-bye. Read the full article...
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