ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tasks

Updated on May 3, 2013

Get Your Yard in Tip Top Shape for Spring with a Few Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tasks!

While I personally love being outdoors, the tasks involved with keeping a beautiful landscape can be tiresome, especially after winter has taken it's toll. Spring cleaning outside your home is just as important as it is on the inside!

There are several outdoor spring cleaning tasks that you can do to get your yard looking great while enjoying the great weather that accompanies spring. Best of all, with these five spring cleaning tasks your yard will look great and you will have a head start on the harder tasks that come with growing a lush, green lawn, beautiful flowers, and entertaining friends and family outdoors.

Image Source: Stephanie Manning

Tidy of the Flowerbeds

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Task #1

Tidying up your flowerbeds is one of many outdoor spring cleaning tasks that give instant gratification! Pruning back old, dead growth from last year can make a dramatic improvement. If you have lots of foliage plants such as calla lilies, banana trees, elephant ears, and other leafy plants, simply cutting back the brown leaves will leave your yard looking much better and also promote lush new growth on the plant.

After cutting back the old growth, the next spring task is to pluck out the unwanted new growth... by this I mean the weeds. The sooner you get started, the easier the job will be. By weeding your flowerbeds in the early spring as they begin to emerge, you will prevent the weeds from getting too big, seeding out and making more. I know, weeding is one of the disadvantages of gardening, but if you will take action as soon as the emerge, the task will be much easier. Follow up your weeding with a weed emergent to prevent further growth and you will find that weeding will be less daunting and needed less often. For a list of easy weed killers that are cheap and homemade, check out Homemade Weed Killer Recipes

Image Source: ThriftyFun

Freshen Up Yard Furniture!

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Task #2

Freshening up your yard and patio furniture is a simple, usually inexpensive, spring cleaning task for the yard. The weather can take a toll on outdoor furniture, leaving it stained with mildew or even chipping paint. Consider a good cleaning or a fresh coat of paint to brighten up dirty old furniture. Finish it off with new, bright colored cushions for a fresh, comfy new look!

Wash Your Home

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Task #3

You always clean the inside of your house, why not clean the outside? When people visit your home or even drive by, your home is one of the first things they see, and we all know how first impressions can be!

After a cold, wet winter, mildew can take it's toll. While you may not notice it at first glance, take a closer look, especially on the sides that get the least sun. And don't forget the windows! Clean windows will make your home look better, both inside and out.

Cleaning the outside of your home can sound like a big task, but with the right tools it can be quite simple. We wash the outside of our 2500 sq foot home in about two hours using a pressure washer. If you don't own one consider borrowing one from a family or neighbor or even renting one. They attach to your water hose and work wonders on blasting away mildew, grime, dust and dirt, and all the other deposits left by outdoor elements.

Creative Commons Image: OlgerFallasPainting on Flickr

3 Great Pressure Washers for Under $150

Of course, there are some awesome pressure washers that are strong enough to blast paint off the side of your house, but if all you are wanting to do is give it a good wash, then you don't need anything too serious. Of course the more power, the better and quicker the cleaning, but the cheaper the price, the better on your wallet.

Outdoor Spring Cleaning List
Outdoor Spring Cleaning List

Rake the Yard!

Outdoor Spring Cleaning Task #4

Raking the yard is another spring cleaning task that will give instant gratification! I suggest doing this after you have cleaned your flowerbeds so that you do not litter your clean yard with plant debris. Simply raking the yard and removing the leaves, yard debris and fallen limbs can make a huge difference. Doing so will also give the focus back to your flowers, walkways and yard decor.

Alpine Bird

Bath Fountain

Amazon.com

Tidying up your lawn decor, ornaments, birdhouses, birdbaths and other decorations can make a drastic improvement to your lawn. After a few rough seasons, elements can take their toll on your cute little decorations leaving them dirty, ugly and even falling apart.

Giving your lawn decor a quick clean and sometimes a fresh coat of paint, can leave your yard and patio looking refreshed. Check for broken chimes, shipping paint, cracked flowerpots, and dirty ornaments. Wash, repaint or replace as needed.

Don't forget about your fountains, fish ponds, yard stakes, gazing balls, lawn statues and birdhouses. Be sure to check your birdhouses, bird feeders and birdbaths to make sure they are still sturdy and safe for the creatures you are providing them for.

We all faced with outdoor spring cleaning tasks. Some are more enjoyable than others and some more fulfilling. Which task do you think makes the biggest difference in the yard?

Which Outdoor Spring Cleaning Task Makes the Most Difference?

See results

Amazon Associate Disclosure

Stephanie Manning is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Share you tips, suggestions and ideas for outdoor spring cleaning tasks!

What Are Your Thoughts on Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tasks?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image

      OUTFOXprevention1 

      4 years ago

      Looks like some good spring cleaning ideas. Thanks for sharing!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)