5 Things You Must Do With Your Garden NOW

Summer Is In Full Bloom

Marigolds

Summer will be here before you know it (you may be feeling it already) and this means long, hot days and bright, cheery flower gardens. You may think you should have already done this during our spring months BUT no need to worry, there are still flowers you can plant that will withstand the heat and thrive during this time of year. Read on for my favorite list of the best flowers to plant during the summer and how to keep them going all season long.

Garden Genius

Michigan often has a cool spring, with June being the real start of the gardening season. Here is what to do in your garden in June:

• Add tender annual wildflowers and bulbs to the garden once the danger of frost has passed.

Tulips

• Give your houseplants a much-needed dose of sunlight and bring them outdoors for the summer.

• Prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs as they finish blooming.

• Weed and add mulch to garden beds as needed.

• Deadhead any spent spring-flowering bulbs like Daffodils and Tulips, leaving most of the foliage in tact until they die back

Top Flower Picks

It’s hard to find a flower that’s more cheerful than the classic Marigold. Available in bright, warm yellows and oranges, Marigolds are a must for your summer garden. These flowers require lots of sunshine and very little maintenance. Second on the list is the Lantana. These low-maintenance flowers come in a wide array of colors, including red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple. They’ll bloom all season long and are extremely drought tolerant, making them the ideal summer flower to really make your garden pop. My personal favorite is the Black-Eyed Susan.These flowers are usually bright yellow with brown, fuzzy centers. They are especially fragrant and attract butterflies and birds, including hummingbirds. Growing up to 3.5 feet tall and being drought-tolerant, these are the perfect summer flower to plant in any garden.

Home Inspector Words of Wisdom

Landscaping Done Right

We can get caught up in beautifying our outdoor space, but there are some things we can’t forget when it comes to the exterior of our homes. In a nutshell, no vegetation should be allowed to touch the exterior cladding or foundation or to obstruct a window view. Ideally, a minimum of twelve inches of clearance should be maintained between shrubs and exterior cladding and windows to prevent moisture from being trapped against the building structure, which may promote rot on and beneath vulnerable exterior components.

The more you know.

Top 3 Outdoor Spring Tasks For Your Home

The sun is out, the temperatures are warming and it’s time for us to get outside! While spring calls for hiking, walks in the park & lounging on the patio, we can’t forget to care for the exterior of our homes. After all, it’s the biggest investment the majority of us make. But where to start? Here’s a list of the 3 BIGGEST things we need to care for and maintain.

Siding Me Up!

You can use a garden hose and long handled scrub brush to clean the outside of your house, but a pressure washer can make the job go faster. Just be careful to not over do it and damage wood siding and trim. A mixture of bleach, detergent, and water can be used to remove mildew and clean vinyl siding.

After the exterior of your house has been cleaned, make any needed repairs to the siding and trim, then patch and paint bare spots. Scrape away peeling paint, and lightly sand to soften the edges so it will blend in with the old paint. Caulk any cracks, and apply two coats of quality exterior paint, being careful to feather the edges with the paintbrush so the patch won’t show.

No Roofing Around

Before it becomes too hot this spring, now is the time to clean your roof. Begin by sweeping or blowing off any leaves and branches on the roof, paying particular attention around chimneys and in valleys.

Once clean, start by inspecting your roof and replacing damaged shingles. Next, examine the chimney flashing and mortar joints on brick or stone chimneys. Use masonry caulk to repair any gaps or cracks in the flashing. If the flashing is in bad condition, make a quick fix with caulk, then call a roofing contractor for a more permanent repair.

It’s All Gutters From Here

Clogged and overflowing gutters can damage your home’s eaves and foundation when rainwater overflows. In preparation for spring rains, clean gutters and unclog downspouts. To make cleaning gutters easier, cut the bottom and sides off a plastic jug that’s the same width as your gutters, and use it to scoop out the debris. Then use a garden hose to rinse out the gutter and downspouts. This is the perfect time to check gutters for leaks.

Repair any loose gutter hangers or spikes and use a level to make sure the gutters slant slightly down toward the downspouts. To repair leaks in gutter seams, let the gutters dry thoroughly, then seal the crack using gutter sealer, exterior caulk, or roofing cement.