Spring is busting out all over Lilburn, GA. The usual signs are plain to see, and if you are missing them, the pine pollen will be here soon to make sure you see spring everywhere...
Of course, there are a few things that you need to do in order to prepare for spring.
- Change the Smoke Detector batteries if you didn't do it with the time change.
- Change the air filter on your HVAC. Depending on your filter media, it usually needs to be changed at an interval between 30 days and 30 months. The 1" thick (often blue) filters need to be changed after about 30 days. The 4" thick filters usually go about 3-4 months. As they get loaded with dust, they stop flowing as well... and can lead to the lines freezing up when it gets hot out.
- Tune that lawnmower. In addition to the oil change, it isn't bad to replace the spark plug and air filter. Sharpening the blade is a good idea as well. Hopefully, you used a fuel stabilizer back in the fall. Otherwise there might be some varnish in the carb that reduces performance. Same goes for the leaf blower, edger, hedge trimmer and chainsaw.
- Give the house a good cleaning... outside. Get someone to pressure wash the outside and the driveway. This is also a good time to see it there are any issues that need to be taken care of... caulking, painting, gutter repairs or cleaning.
You probably kow the drill. That spring honey-do list can be long, but it is way better to take care of it now, rather than when it is 100 degrees outside. There are also some lawn things that should get done...
- Doing a spring 'Weed & Feed' isn't a bad idea. It might be a little late for a pre-emergent crabgrass killer, but a post emergent may do the trick.
- Don't go nuts trimming hedges quite yet. Azaleas and other flowering bushes aren't quite out yet (but they will be soon). If you cut those back, they won't be able to flower. However, if you cut them back as the flowers start to die, they will flower again next year... and probably even more... Smae goes with fruit trees... if you cut them back now, they won't bear fruit.
And because this is a glorious time in this part of Georgia, open those windows and enjoy the mind days before the pollen gets out of hand. It is a great time to get out in the yard or garage and get some things done... It isn't cold, and it isn't hot... And if you run across a bunch of stuff you don't need to trip over anymore... it is also a perfect time for a garage sale.