During spring cleaning most people tend to care more about the inside of their homes rather than the outside. That’s understandable, after all that’s where we spend most of our time. However, the key to making your house look presentable is actually the outside. Unkempt surroundings don’t exactly feel inviting to your guests. But if the outside is well-maintained, it is safe to assume that most people will automatically think the inside is just as neat and tidy. In this article, we will shortly explain what you can do to improve the appearance of three different areas.
The driveway is prone to becoming damaged due to being used very frequently, often every day. The best way to protect is to apply a sealcoat on top of it regularly. An unprotected driveway gets cracked more easily which will cause water to permeate the driveway. That water then weakens the overall construction, making it even more prone to damage, especially when frozen. Sunlight and chemical spills, for example oil, are another factor that can be harmful.
Sealing the driveway is a time-consuming task but when done properly it will help your driveway last for years and make it look as pretty as the day it was first constructed. You will need a driveway sealer, a garden hose to clean the driveway of any dirt, and optionally a patching compound to fill in any cracks.
Your garden is where you can really show off your creativity. There are no set guidelines about how a garden should look like so you can do with it whatever you want, as long as it looks neat and taken care of. You don’t need to be a green thumb to have a great garden, often simply having a trimmed green lawn with a few shrubs here and there will make your garden stand out.
To keep that grass green you will need a regular watering schedule. Turn your sprinklers on in the morning and let the ground dry throughout the day. Focus on the roots of the plants rather than the foliage. Make sure to mow the lawn as soon as it needs it. Trim stray branches and leaves to keep your plants looking clean.
A wooden deck can be a beautiful decoration but only if it’s being properly maintained. Like any other outside feature, it gets easily damaged due to weather conditions. To refresh the look of your deck you will need to stain it. A deck stain is an external coating applied on top of your deck which makes the wooden texture look better and also waterproofs it. Rain is one of the most damaging factors when it comes to wooden decks as it can even disfigure the wooden planks.
Staining is not that difficult and even beginners can do it successfully on their own. However, choosing the right deck stain is vital to doing a good job. The best deck stain for you has to meet your specific needs: if your deck isn’t that damaged and you only want to cover it with a protective surface, go for a transparent stain. If you want to apply some color to it, choose a solid-color stain.