While nobody likes extra chores in the summer, it’s a little more than mowing lawns and slowly killing your garden by forgetting to water—it’s a time to keep on top of maintenance so you can kick back and enjoy your home year-round, without any repair surprises.
- Weed the garden weekly—make a habit of grabbing a few weeds as you stroll through the yard and you’ll never have a choked bed
- Mowers should be set to the highest setting to protect the grass against the drought. Resist the temptation to mow short
- Water plants early in the day or around sunset to avoid frying your plants. Most plants prefer a good soaking a few times a week rather than a light shower every day. Porch ferns may need more watering as they are well-drained and often in sunshine
- Deadhead your flowers
- Use a lawn sprinkler once spring showers end. If yours are built in, check while in use for any issues
- Keep up on pool maintenance to avoid long days working on the pool. Keep the skimmer clean, clean the filter, check chemicals, scrub the pool sides weekly and keep it vacuumed
- If you plan on doing any exterior repairs, summer is the best time
- Reverse your ceiling fans to counter clockwise to circulate cool air down
- Clean your air conditioning filters once a month
- Cover windows that get direct sunlight
- Check your emergency supplies—heat and storms can knock out power and you want to have first aid, water, batteries and flashlights, and battery powered radiator.
- Create or review your family emergency plan in case of bad weather
- Check for signs of bug or other infestations so you can address anything right away—don’t forget to check the attic
- If you’re planning any home improvement projects for the fall, now is the time to meet and schedule with contractors