Your May Home Maintenance Guide
Updated: Jun 30, 2022
Sidewalks and pathways - Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on hardscape surfaces made of loose (unmortared) brick, stone, and concrete paving materials. Check to see if frost heave and erosion have caused pavers to shift, rise, or sink. You’ll want to fix any unevenness for safety as well as aesthetic reasons. This shifting will also allow cracks which will allow weeds to grow through like….well, weeds :)
Time to Feed that Lawn - After a wet spring, your lawn might be looking quite rich and lush. Since Mother Nature did the hard work, you can sit back and relax, right? Not so fast. Grass loves nutrients, so now’s the time to add high-nitrogen fertilizer to help suppress weeds and keep your lawn looking great all summer.
Tip - A push-powered broadcast spreader makes quick work of fertilizing your lawn. You’ll find spreaders suitable for an average suburban lawn for $35 to $100. If you have lots of land (over 1-2 acres), you may want to call in the pros to take care of your lawn. They can spread fertilizer faster, more efficiently and most likely cheaper than you could.
Wood Fences - After a long hard winter, wooden fences may be in need of repair. Twisting, heaving and warping are not uncommon to see in wood fencing after a winter. Walk the fence and re support any sagging gates posts and damaged wood fencing.
Mulch - Now that we should be safe from that last frost of the season, you've probably planted the flowers. Make sure to lay down 2-4 inches of mulch to keep all that hard work of your moist and healthy. May starts to warm up causing evaporation from the flower beds. If you have a lot of area to cover and to ensure you have enough mulch, buying in bulk may offer you some cost savings instead of by the bag. Contact your local landscape company to keep prices on bulk orders and delivery.
Grilling Time - It's the time many of us have been waiting for. Outdoor cooking on the grill. Make sure that perfect cut of meat is tainted by last season's grime. Do a deep clean on the grill before firing that bad boy up. This will remove any possible corrosion preventing your burners from being clogged.
AC System - If your home has a Central air system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don't want to find out there's a leak or the compressor pump died on you when we hit that first 98 degree day. Have your local HVAC company look it over and test the system to make sure you will stay cool during the dog days of summer.