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Our Outside Spring Cleaning Tips

So you’ve spring cleaned inside, but don’t stop there. Do the maintenance outside, so you can enjoy as it warms up. We’ve made a list of some important aspects of your outdoor area that may need some attention. We guarantee you’ll thank yourself later!

  • Is your deck looking tired?

Having a nicely maintained deck gives you some where to spent time in summer. You might be thinking “she’ll be right” for now but you don’t want to leave it till your decks beyond repair. There are a few simple steps to spruce up your deck; if its wooden:

  • Start with the water bead test:

Splash some water on your deck and if the water doesn’t absorb and instead “beads” then you’ll need to sand the wood first, until it absorbs a splash of water.

  • Prepare the timber by cleaning with an oxalic acid based cleaner- this brings the timber back to a natural colour and removing stains.
  • Once the deck is dry- apply the oil such as Intergrain UltraDeck which you can get from your local hardware shop. With most oils you’ll need 2-3 coats.
  • Clean your BBQ

It’s not a typical kiwi summer without having the cuzzies around for a barbie. So make sure you’re ready.

  • Take apart your grill and clean thoroughly. Use a wire brush and degreasing agent to wash the grates. Perhaps you might need to remove the drip pans and clean out.
  • After a season of rain, your windows are probably quite dingy.

  • Inspect your gutters to remove any debris. If you find any leaks, repair them with gutter sealant from the inside.

  • Pressure wash the side of your home with a water blaster, make sure you start at the highest parts of the house to avoid washing dirt down onto clean areas.

  • Do your weeding, it’s a lot easier when the soil is still moist with spring rain.

  • Its spring, so of course your shrubs and bushes would have grown, but continue pruning them back so they have more energy to keep growing.

We hope this will help you get sorted. In saying that, we need to do all of this as well so you’re not alone!
 





 

Ready, Set, Grow!


Now a few weeks into spring, it’s time to get your garden looking as good as your neighbours! You might be wondering why your garden is looking dull, even in SPRING?! It could be what you’ve planted. Here’s a list of what to plant and what not to this season.

TO PLANT:

  • Fruit trees
  • Blueberries & strawberries- Planting as soon as you can will help the root system get established so the plants can survive throughout summer, so no excuses! Another tip if you’re planting berries this spring is pick off the berries as this will take less energy away from the roots that need to get established.
  • Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Chives. There is more moisture in the soil in spring- so get planting herbs.
  • Cabbage and lettuce- these do better in cooler soil so plant them before it starts to heat up for summer.
  • Sunflowers
  • Snapdragons
  • Geraniums
  • Zucchini
  • Passionfruit

These plants need a warm climate, and can be killed by frost (this spring has been very cold so far)

NOT TO PLANT:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Eggplants

Other spring gardening tasks:

  • Turn your compost- and check to see if any is ready to use.
  • If you don’t have a compost, how about getting some manure to dress your garden beds.
  • Eradicate pesky early spring weeds before they get too established. Do weeds keep sprouting back after you’ve taken them out? After you remove them, temporarily put down a layer of landscape fabric before adding mulch this will discourage weed growth!
  • Repair bowed sides of garden beds- soggy winter soil might have rotted a few boards.
  • Lay mulch over bare parts of your garden where you plan to plant, this will minimize the emergence of weeds sprouting before you get around to planting.
  • Early spring brings a lot of slugs- use non-toxic slug control or pick them off young seedlings as you go.
  • Prune existing trees before buds begin to bloom.


Taking the time to complete a few easy spring garden tasks will bring you benefits for the rest of the season. We hope this helps you get control of your garden before the warmer summer months!


 

Spruce Up For Spring



After a long and cold winter Spring has finally arrived. But before you open the windows and let in the spring air it is time to welcome in the season with giving your home a good deep clean.  From the Ceiling to the floor, we have put together your ultimate spring-cleaning checklist to make sure you are all ready to start the season off nice and fresh.

THE BASIC CHORES

  • Dust Windows & Windowsills
  • Vacuum Curtains & Blinds
  • Dust light fixtures & Ceiling Fans
  • Wipe down winter grime & dust room corners
  • Dust Baseboards & clean scuff marks
  • Clean door knobs, cabinet handles & light switches
  • Vacuum floors & under furniture
  • Remove and shake rugs then vacuum
  • Sweep & Mop Floors

THE ADDITIONALS

FAMILY AREAS

  • Vacuum furniture to get rid of dust
  • Condition leather furniture
  • Declutter! – Take out what doesn’t belong in the room and put it in the correct location
  • Dust & Polish tables & shelving
  • Organise Accessories & Electronics
  • Disinfect remote controls
  • Dust edges of Pictures & mirrors

KITCHEN

  • Clean Microwave, Kettles, Toasters & all other appliances
  • Clean out & Organise the fridge, freezer & pantry
  • Pull out the fridge and clean behind
  • Clean stovetop, ranges & ovens
  • Clear out cabinets & give shelving a good clean
  • Deep clean dishwasher
  • Clean Hoodvent
  • Sweep & Mop Floors
  • Disinfect & Scrub the sink
  • Clean & organise kitchen drawers

BATHROOM

  • Organise Cabinets & Drawers
  • Wipe down all shelving
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Scrub shower/bath/sinks
  • Scrub the toilet and the outside of the toilet bowl
  • Through out clutter & empty bottles
  • Polish Faucets
  • Wash floor mats & hand towels
  • Sweep & Mop Floors

BEDROOM

  • Organise Drawers & Wardrobes
  • Wash all sheets, duvet covers & pillowcases
  • Dust all surfaces
  • Declutter
  • Clean out under bed
  • Clean mirrors & glass
  • Clean lamps & lampshades

LAUNDRY

  • Clean washing machine & dryer (Also behind)
  • Polish Faucets
  • Sweep & Mop Floors]

EXTERIOR

  • Reorganise Garage
  • Wash outdoor furniture
  • Sweep and power wash decking
  • Clean outdoor light fixtures
  • Mow and tidy up lawns/Gardening
  • Wipe away cobwebs
  • Clean outside door frames
  • Dust ceilings & corners
  • Clean entry mat
  • Wash exterior of windows
  • Power blast home exterior
  • Sweep driveway