Chores to do inside and outside the house this month


Things to do inside and outside the house this month:


• Take photos of your garden monthly. They will help you identify areas that need new plants or a new design.

• Finish seeding and sodding new lawns or bare spots as soon as possible to allow grass to establish before summer.

Lawn care:Gardening: Spring lawn maintenance should include weed control, reseeding, fertilizer

• Use containers to grow herbs and vegetables on sunny patios or decks. Choose selected varieties for containers.

• Wait until mid-May to plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and summer flowers such as impatiens, marigolds and cannas. The ground will have warmed up and frost will no longer be a danger.

• It is best to wait until early fall to divide or move perennials. If you can’t wait, move them with as big a dirt ball as possible around the roots.

• Remove spent flowers from peonies, irises and other spring-flowering perennials. Do the same with the lilacs.

• Prune lilacs, weigelas, forsythias and other spring flowering shrubs after the flowers have faded.

• Pull weeds after a rain when they pull out most easily. Be persistent in controlling Canada thistle and other tough weeds.

Plowing:Gardening: Plowing is not always necessary for successful planting

• Make sure gutters are free of debris and surface water drains away from the foundation.

• Check outdoor faucets for drips and cracked handles.

• Check outdoor electrical outlets to make sure they are tight and cover gaskets are loose.

• Clean gas grills and inspect for loose or corroded connections and hoses. Use a brush to clean the cobwebs from the venturi tubes. Make sure the gas ports are not clogged with grease and dirt.

This is a good time to check the flashing around your chimney.


• During spring rains, check the attic for signs of leaks, especially around chimneys and vents.

• Vacuum dust from heater vents.

• Check and clean the dryer vent, kitchen exhaust filters and window fans.

• Check that wooden supports in the basement and crawl space are not damaged by humidity or pests.

• Clean or replace furnace filters. Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

• Check your credit report. Because you can get a free copy from each of the major agencies once a year, visit or call 1-877-322-8228 and choose just one. In four months, repeat the process with another agency, and four months later, the third agency.


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