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Top 3 Ways to Prepare Your Outdoor Space for Spring

Top 3 Ways to Prepare Your Outdoor Space for Spring

Mar 15 2019

Winter is coming to an end and with spring on the horizon, now is the best time to prepare your outdoor space for warmer weather and more outdoor fun. We have assembled all the tips and tricks you need to help get your outdoor living space prepped and ready to go for the season!

Outdoor Patio & Patio Furniture

It’s best to start with the foundation when it comes to patio preparation. Your patio surface has surely built-up dust and debris during the cooler months, so let’s get to it. If you live in an area with mild weather in the winter, start with a thorough sweep and a solid hose down. If the weather in your region is harsher, in addition to sweeping and hosing the pavers down you might want to consider pressure washing the patio for maximum cleaning potential.

It’s also important to properly take care of your patio furniture—not just for the aesthetic value—but also ensure that it lasts as long as possible. To tackle outdoor patio furniture prep for the spring season, start by uncovering and dusting everything off. If necessary, get the hose out and give it a good wash down to help eliminate any dirt, cobwebs or even bugs that around from winter.

Once the furniture is clean and ready to go, you’ll want to consider a few finishing touches to bring the space to life. We recommend including some new decorative pillows, a few cozy throws, plush cushions, and even an outdoor rug. You will love how these small changes can make a big impact and instantly update your outdoor space!


Outdoor Kitchen & BBQ Grill

One of the most difficult aspects of outdoor living in the winter season is letting a great outdoor kitchen space go unused. After all, this is the most requested space for outdoor entertaining. Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to start firing up that BBQ grill again. Before planning your first weekend gathering, be sure to clean the grill thoroughly.

Wipe down the grill grates, scrape off any charred pieces, and check the propane/gas lines. Careful cleaning not only keeps the grill from becoming a fire hazard, but it also improves the quality of the food you prepare on it. WikiHow does a great job of breaking down the steps one should take to properly clean and prepare a grill.

Aside from the grill, you’ll want to clean the rest of your outdoor kitchen much like you would your interior kitchen. All grill covers, sinks, and stainless appliances can be wiped down with stainless steel cleaner. Bar countertops can be brushed off with a hand broom and then wiped down with a wet rag. And don’t forget to refill the wine fridge and restock the mini fridge with assorted beverages and tasty snacks and treats.


Tend to Your Surrounding Landscape

No outdoor space is complete without a blooming landscape. This means it’s time to start thinking about your garden plans. Mainly, when will the weeding get done and what flowers will you want to plant this year? Although the former might be a bit of a drag, it will be worth the work once the fruits of your labor begin to blossom.

Gilmour Planting Calendar is a great site that tells you what plants and flowers will grow best in your climate based on your zip code and the time of year! Here are some top picks for a variety of locations across the mid and southwest.

Southern Pacific Coast

  • Classic "spring bulbs" such as tulips, hyacinths, Dutch bulbs including daffodils, dwarf narcissi, ranunculus, Anemone coronaria, Spanish bluebells, muscari (grape hyacinths), lilies, Dutch iris.

Pacific Northwest 

  • All Darwin Hybrid Tulips: Grand Mixture, Pink Impression, Red Oxford, Golden Oxford and more. All Wild Tulips: Lilac Wonder, Bronze Charm, Mixture and more.

Central TX

  • Most Narcissus (Daffodils): Dutchmaster, Jetfire, Thalia, and Cheerfulness All Darwin Hybrid Tulips: Grand Mix, Pink Impression, Red Oxford, and Golden Oxford

Colorado

  • All Darwin Hybrid Tulips: Grand Mixture, Pink Impression, Red Oxford, Golden Oxford and more. All Wild Tulips: Lilac Wonder, Bronze Charm, Mixture and more.

Once these tasks are complete, you’ll be ready to enjoy beautiful spring days in a clean, inviting, and refreshing outdoor living space. Prepare now so that when that first barbecue-worthy day arrives, you’ll be ready to enjoy good times in good weather.