Just as fall calls for leaf blowing and winter for shoveling snow, spring also carries with it a series of seasonal chores that are your manly duty to perform. From the outer edges of the yard to the inner chamber of the garage, winter leaves no area untouched, and restoring everything to its normal state by summertime is the real spring cleaning goal. The objective, as the man of the house, should be to tackle all the tasks that only you can handle. Anything involving heavy lifting and machinery is a man’s domain, and if you conquer all jobs in your own spring cleaning realm, the rest of the family will be free to focus on other areas relevant to their capabilities.
- Green Acres: From snow mold to mouse holes, the ways the winter season can bring about damage to your beloved lawn are endless. The longer the damage lingers, the harder it is to reverse, and that’s why the most valued practitioners of yardsmanship are proactive about fixing the damage as soon as spring weather allows. The key to regrowth in severely damaged areas lies in the skill of reseeding. Beginning with a rake of the old and refertilization of the new, reseeding with resistant varieties should be enough to allow grass to fill in by the start of the summer. Beyond a simple reseed, re-sodding also offers the possibility of replacing damaged areas with fully-grown grass. Just be sure to add some starter fertilizer under the sod to help the new patch integrate with ease.
- Save Space, Make Money: Part of getting the house back into shape is clearing out the accumulated winter clutter from closets and the garage. Thanks to Christmas decorations, new toys, and everything in between, come springtime it seems like there is always more stuff to put away and less space to store it. One solution is to give up on the idea of a functional garage and slowly let it become a sloppy storage unit. A much better idea, though, is to look at everything you have and make two separate piles—one for “keep,” one for “clutter”—and to turn a profit on your space saving with a weekend garage sale. Since one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, you can expect to cash in quite nicely from the event, and if you do well enough as a salesman, you might even find you’ve made enough room to start parking the truck in the garage, again.
- Pretty on the Outside: While cold winter conditions make it a perfect time for indoor reparations, the period from December to February generally sees little work done to the outside of the house. Sure, you may have weatherproofed the doors and lathered the deck with the best sealant in town, but winter wear and tear on the home’s exterior is inevitable, and March is a great time to get out of the house and straighten everything out. Some good places to start are by unclogging gutters and downspouts, resealing the driveway, and inspecting the roof for any damage that might have occurred during stormy weather. Take care of these tasks early on in the spring and you can kick back and wait for summer to come in the comfort of a fully restored house.