The Fogue Abode: We Gave Our House A Bath - Spring Maintenance Tips Part 1

Thursday, February 16, 2017

We Gave Our House A Bath - Spring Maintenance Tips Part 1

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February is always the month we set aside to tackle our outside maintenance projects.  We love to find a beautiful Saturday and here in the south, you're bound and determined to have at least one great weekend.  That day just happened to fall on Saturday, so we dropped everything to head outside and get to work cleaning up our house and lawn.
To be honest, the yearly house maintenance Saturday(s) isn't one of my favorites.  It's pretty grueling work, but totally worth it in the end to shake off those proverbial winter blues.  As a home owner, it's also a pretty vital chore to keep everything working and in good condition.

Here is a round up of what we tackled Saturday along with a printable check list to help you get your outside projects organized and checked off.  Unfortunately you get all the after shots, I'm gonna blame this one on my sweet ol' hubby for deleting the before/during pictures.

Power washed the siding
Our house is a magnet for algae/moss/mildew build up.  Especially around the bushes and hedges.  The first item we needed to check off on our spring cleaning list was to give our whole house a good scrubbing.  Or as I explained it to our handy helper Aspen, we gave the house a bath.

The best way to clean the green is to grab a scrub brush (one that you can hook a water hose to like this one) and a box of OxiClean.  The OxiClean is the key to making this chore basically effortless.  It also helps give life back to the color on our vinyl siding.  We also attacked the grungy looking doors and windows, making sure to remove the screening to give it all a good deep clean.

Once we gave the house a bath, we made sure to remove all the leaves from the eaves on our roof and the gutters and drainage system.  You missed a great shot of Chris braving the ladder, maybe that is why he dirty deleted...

Pruned bushes, hedges and trees
While Chris was bathing the house, I was busy giving it a hair cut.  Another February must for any home owner is to get those hedges, trees and bushes trimmed back.  This not only gives your landscaping a good clean/shaping, it also helps everything to grow and thrive during the  year.  My go too tools for our hedges are this trimmer and hedge shears

That checks off just a few big ticket items on our Spring Maintenance Checklist, check back next week as we finish off the remainder of the items.  Mainly the overgrowth of leaves we managed to ignore up until this point.

And if you are needing a checklist of your own, make sure to download this handy dandy printable I made for you guys.

{Download Spring Maintenance Checklist Here}


  1. There are some great tips here, and with the weather predicted to be in the upper sixties and low seventies for the next ten days, it is time for me to do something outdoors. I am so ready for spring. Great post! Visiting from Grace at Home.

  2. So many great tips here! We would love to have you at our To Grandma's house we go link party that opened this Wednesday morning and lasts all week! Its at :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I will be sure to check it out.

  3. Great tips! And here in Texas we are already having warm weekends. Now where did that beautiful winter weather go???? Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon. Hope to see you again next week.