Essential Outdoor Maintenance Tasks Every Homeowner Must Complete

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Discover the most essential outdoor tasks every homeowner needs to complete regularly to ensure the safety and integrity of their property. 

Powerwash your patio 

Patios are wonderful as they allow us to enjoy our outside space, cooking and dining outside, as well as just relaxing. However, they can look very dated very quickly if they are not well maintained. 

The good news is to keep your patio looking as new as possible, you only need to powerwash it once in a while. Indeed, around once a year after the worst of the winter is over is the best time, as it will be all clean for the spring and summer months. 

Just be sure to wear the proper protective clothing when you do powerwash your patio. This is because you may need to deal with the debris that the washer throws up and you can end up quite dirty once you have finished the job. 

Take care of your pool and /or hot tub

If you are lucky enough to have a pool or a hot tub outside, then you must take proper care of it so you can continue to use it safely. 

Of course, this means adding the regular treatments needed throughout the year yourself. But you will also need to have it professionally maintained as well. It’s worth noting here that correct pool maintenance and hot tub maintenance are not the same thing. Indeed, if you have a hot tub, you will want to find a professional that offers proper hot tub maintenance services to work with. Then you can be sure that all the various jobs that need completing for pool running higher temperatures will be completed. 

Remove any trailing plants from the side of your house 

While they can look quite pretty, allowing trailing plants like Ivy to grow all over the outside of your property can be a very bad idea. This is because some plants can damage the stone, brick, or woodwork of your home, resulting in the need for costly repairs. 

With that in mind, it’s best to strip back any trailing plants that you see growing on the outside of your home. Read more about how to do this in the correct way here.

Repair any paths and walkways 

Many houses have paths that lead up to them through a garden, or walkways that circle the property. Some even have pathways in backyards. These are very useful areas as they allow access to where it’s needed, but they also tend to get a great deal of wear and tear. They can also eventually become unsafe and present a tripping hazard to those using them or the space around them.  

With that in mind, for safety’s sake, it’s a good idea to make sure that you properly maintain the pathways and walkways around your home. Sometimes this means inspecting them after winter, or bad weather and patching up any issues. At other times it may mean totally replacing a pathway with new slabs, stones, or gravel. You can even have a go at making your own stone from concrete which you can find out more about in the video below. 

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