Summer months are the time of the year when homeowners enjoy the most of their outdoor space, relaxing with tasty food, good company and the great weather of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. But before the hot weather takes over, here are some tips to help you get your property ready for summer fun:
Check Outdoor Coverings
Outdoor coverings such as pergolas with fixed and retractable awnings, and the roofs of gazebos and pavilions, should be checked for function and damage. These are often overlooked until they’re needed the most, either to create shade for an outdoor gathering or provide shelter from a mid-afternoon cloudburst. Have your landscaper check these thoroughly to ensure they’re ready for summer use.
Outdoor Fireplace Maintenance
Ideally, the chimney of your outdoor fireplace should be swept once a year. If it receives use throughout the entire year, a biannual cleaning is better. This is to ensure that no blockages occur that may prevent smoke from being drawn out when it is in use. Chimney cleaning is also important for safety reasons. The buildup of creosote, which is a by-product of wood burning, can result in chimney fires.
Because of the hot weather, your lawn and plants will need some extra care during the summer. Consider investing in a regular lawn service to ensure your lawn remains tidy and healthy throughout the summer months. A summer plant care program is also highly recommended.
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Repair or Replace Irrigation Systems
The summer heat can be rough on certain plants and dry summers can be devastating to lawns. That’s why it’s important to remember to maintain your irrigation systems. If you don’t already have one installed, now is a great time to do so in order to save time and water during the summer season. If you already have an irrigation system installed, have your landscaper run a full diagnostic on your existing system if you haven’t already done so.
Patch up Damaged Hardscapes
Winter may have taken its toll on your hardscape. If so, it’s not too late to make repairs and replace damaged pavers before your first summer get-together. If you own a pool, remember to ensure that your pool deck is in top condition to avoid costly damage to the structure of your pool. Damaged hardscapes can also pose a safety risk, so be sure to have surfaces replaced or repaired to enjoy the outdoors without worry this summer.
On the subject of safety, in your outdoor spaces effective outdoor lighting is essential. Not only does it help to provide easy navigation of walkways and patios after dark, outdoor lighting is also a must for entertaining after dark. Outdoor lighting will need to be checked and cleaned, and blown bulbs replaced. You may also wish to have your landscaper adjust angles for you, or reprogram the timer to a schedule that is more suited to summer lighting conditions.
Patio Cooling Systems
If you enjoy cooling systems in your enclosed patio, now is a good time to have them checked. If not, consider installing outdoor fans or misting systems to keep your patio cool this summer.