After a long winter, just hearing the excited chirping of frisky birds is a joy to the ear. The evenings are growing longer, and the lawns are starting to grow at an alarming rate.

That stirring of the blood and rising excitement you’re experiencing should quickly be tapped. Strike while the iron is hot as they say, so haul out the tall ladder, dust off the outdoor broom and put on overalls, things are about to get busy!

  1. Get rid of that green slime. Everything may have stopped growing through winter, but the green algae that grow on guttering and downpipes are impervious to cold weather.  Wiping off the slime makes guttering look bright and clean again while emptying the soggy rotting leaves out of the gutters and downpipes prepares you for the spring rains that are still to come. If the gutters are backed up with rotting leaves, they become heavy and can tear from their moorings. An overflow can cause the barge boards and eaves to lose their paint and start to rot.  If downpipes are blocked, the rainwater will overflow the gutters. It can get misdirected and start to pond under the house making the house damp.
  2. Re-stain and paint timber where there is fading or paint loss. Timber decks and fences look great when they are freshly stained, but stain fades and wears off over a couple of years. Spring is a good time for refreshing the stain on timber so check all your railings and other outdoor structures. Staining on a fresh spring day is a lot more comfortable than trying to do it in the heat of summer. A re-stain of one fresh coat is a lot faster than having to start from scratch, doing two coats on faded surfaces.
  3. Check the roof over for any damage and make repairs.  A visual inspection doesn’t have to be a major scaffolding event. Use the zoom on a good camera or cell phone or even use a pair of binoculars to check the flashings, shingles and downpipes. Roof nails can pop and wriggle loose and the best time to fix them is immediately before further damage can occur. If you think the repair work is beyond you, call in an expert.
  4. If your house needs painting, psyche yourself up. Even if you don’t actually start painting right now, there is scaffolding to assemble and sanding machinery and sandpaper to gather. Choosing paint colours (if it’s a whole new look) can take a while. Start checking out other people’s colour schemes and collect a few colour charts. Read the junk mail and do some comparisons on paint prices. When the right sunny day arrives to start your prep and painting, there’ll be no excuses.
  5. Check your sprinkler and irrigation systems. They may have been washed out of position or blocked up by slime and debris. Checking your garden sprinkler systems now means you will be ready to irrigate later with just the turn of a tap. Make sure the water jets are going in the right direction because if you are paying for water, it better be going where you want it rather than running down the path.