Raise your hand if you are going crazy being quarantined. Fear not! We’ve got some suggestions to help avoid cabin fever and get ready for the warm weather coming our way. Bonus, they can all be done while social distancing yourself six to ten feet from others. Give Your Outdoor Space a Good Cleaning This… Read More
Raise your hand if you are going crazy being quarantined. Fear not! We’ve got some suggestions to help avoid cabin fever and get ready for the warm weather coming our way. Bonus, they can all be done while social distancing yourself six to ten feet from others.
Give Your Outdoor Space a Good Cleaning
This is a perfect time to prepare your yard for spring. We suggest you do a thorough cleaning first. Here are a few places to pay attention:
- Rake up leaves or twigs that are leftover from before winter and start weeding those flower beds. Pruning trees is also a good idea right now.
- Power wash your deck and/or patio. Mud, salt, and other debris from winter could be ground in and stuck in corners pretty good at this point so this is a great way to get rid of the gunk. If you don’t have a power washer, using a high powered nozzle on your hose is the next best thing or you can even rent or borrow a power washer.
- Scrub off the outdoor furniture and upholstery. You may be able to use the power washer here too but be careful, some furniture and upholstery could damage with the sheer volume of water coming out. Better Homes & Gardens put together a fantastic article on how to properly clean outdoor furniture. Then once your upholstery is clean and you decide they need to be updated, check out SugarHouse’s upholstery services. Our experts will have you in tip-top shape in no time for you and your guests to social distance yourselves 🙂
- This next cleaning project may be the most important of all – the grill! One of the most satisfying and salivating smells of summer is something grilling. Make sure you get any charred food off with a wire brush or soak the grates in warm soapy water before cleaning with some steel wool.
- Don’t forget about your awning! SugarHouse provides cleaning services for your residential awnings so your outdoor space will really shine.
Add Some Character
Now that you’ve got everything tidied up, let’s get into a few other projects to add a little essence to your outdoor space.
How’s your deck looking? Staining a deck can be done in about a day from the prep work to drying. This is at the top of the list for my house. After purchasing our home two years ago, we could definitely use some rich color on our back deck rather than the dim shade of the untouched wood from when it was built.
When you’re done with your deck, you can start planting a few things in your garden. You can start planting cold-weather tolerant vegetables like onions, potatoes, and peas mid-March and broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage aren’t too far behind at the beginning of April. You can start tomatoes and peppers indoors and transfer them outside mid-May when there is no longer frost in the forecast.
You can also start on flower beds to add a pop of color to your outside oasis. The best time to plant flowers is right around the last spring frost so we’re getting really close. Use your time now to get your flower beds ready and plan out what flowers you want to use so you’ll be ready to rock and roll when the time is right.
Time to Play
How does the saying go? “All work and no play…” Well, let’s play then! It has been recommended that we keep up physical activity if we are able to during the quarantine. Here are a few ideas of some activities that you can do to feel sociable but also be a safe distance from others.
- Ride a bike, take a walk or a run. It’s time to dust of the bike seat and go for a ride around the neighborhood or take a slow or fast stroll. If you are out and about, just make sure to keep your distance from others and look for the least crowded paths available.
- Sidewalk chalk isn’t just for kids. Have a contest with your family, friends, and neighborhood to see who can draw the most interesting sidewalk art.
- Kick around a soccer ball. Practicing your moves so you can “Bend it Like Beckham” or just a little game of passing the ball to pass the time is a fun way to get in your physical activity for the day.
- Throw around a frisbee, baseball, or anything else that can be caught. Just remember to clean those items off before and after use for the next little while.
All of us here at SugarHouse Industries hope these ideas help you get a little more creative with your social distancing and quarantining situations but most of all, we hope you are safe and well. A final suggestion we have to extend your safe-space is to let us create a beautiful awning for the outside of your home. We have so many options available and we would love to help in any way that we can. You don’t have to wait to get started on the custom process as we are doing all that we can to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). You can read our official statement here. Stay safe and stay healthy!
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