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KATHY’S HOME & GARDEN TIPS – SPRING MIGHT BE COMING EARLY TO CHICAGO

Spring is not too far away here in the Chicago area. The squirrels that practically live on my back porch are starting to lose some of their winter coats. Now I'm not saying there will be no more snow or cold but we can definitely see signs of winter waning. We have received a lot of moisture in the form of snow and rain. I think we might be close to our normal levels after the drought from last year. We were down so much I was getting worried, especially when we started off this winter with so little snow. With all the rain and melting it's a good idea to check around the house before more spring rains come.

1.    Check those gutters and downspouts. One of our downspout connections was apart and all the melting snow water was pouring back towards the house. It was buried in snow before. You always want to be sure water is diverted away from the house. 

2.    Look around the outside of the house for any areas around doors and windows that might need a little caulk.

3.    Spruce up the yard. Look for any damage on trees and bushes. Hopefully you have been diligent keeping the snow off them and damage will be minimal. Trim off any broken or dead branches.

4.    Now is a great time to seed the lawn. Do a light rake first, getting up all the old leaves and debris. The seed will lay dormant until it gets warm enough to germinate. The spring rains will give it plenty of moisture.

5.    Make sure any drains are clear near the house. The drain by the basement is especially important. Without a clear drain the water will end up in the basement.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:17 PM by Dean's Team

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