Blog :: 04-2015

Spring Has Sprung!

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Can it be true? Spring is really here? If you are like me, I am so happy to see the crocus and snow drops this year!

There are few rites of spring that satisfy more than the annual clean. It is a tradition that allows us to freshen up and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer.


Whether you decide to clean top to bottom or inside to out, please remember to ensure fire safety by:

• Changing the batteries in your smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year) and make sure the units are free of dust.
• Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher.

• Set and review escape plans. There should be two ways out from each room. Crawl to avoid toxic smoke. Once you are out, stay out. Establish a meeting place in front of the house to let fire fighters know you are out.

• Practice the plan!

As a community service, I would encourage everyone take a look around your neighborhood. Now is a great time to remove garbage from our beautiful roads before the weeds and poison ivy hide it again.

 

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    Spring "To Do" List

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    Although Spring is late in arriving in our area this year, it's time for all of us to get to work preparing our yard and garden.

    Here's a brief "to do" list that starts the process:
    • Clean the garden shed including tools, patio furniture and cushions
    • Call your local source to have the lawn mower tuned
    • Remove stones and debris from your lawn and then aerate
    • Tackle weeds early to save back-breaking work later
    • Freshen mulch since it compacts and breaks down over the winter
    • Uncover herbs to let them benefit from sunshine
    • Gradually begin moving houseplants outdoors
    • Make certain to cut back perennials
    • There are a myriad of websites with garden and yard resources -- HGTV.com is one that comes to mind.

    Spring will come to our area -- hopefully in the week ahead. With these steps, we can all be prepared.

     

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      Water, Water Everywhere!

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      Winter weather created some tricky water problems for homeowners this season. If you were unfortunate enough to have water coming in from the eaves of your roof or not coming in at all due to frozen water lines, you were not alone.

      Alas, our water house issues are not yet over as the snow and ice is melting and the resulting water will soon be joined by joyful April showers! 

      All that water is going somewhere, so time to take a quick check to make sure the destination is somewhere other than your basement. Don’t wait for spring cleaning - check now to ensure that all the gutters are even against the roof line and the down spout is securely attached to the drain pipe. Pick up the shovel for the last time this season and clear remaining ice and snow away from the basement line. 

      You’ll be happy you made the effort when it’s time to check for mold in the summer.

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        We Suvived!

        It was a remarkable winter for snow and cold this year. A great year for skiers and catching up on House of Cards and Downton Abbey in front of a cozy fire.

        But I’m sure we all have had enough of snow shoveling and dressing in four layers to leave the house. SPRING is officially here, albeit a bit muddy for a while. So go get those tennis racquets restrung, watch for the sign-up for a pass to the lake at Mt. Riga if you live in Salisbury (a wonderful, not-so-secret secret place), start planning your garden, get your season passes for TriArts Sharon Playhouse, your tickets for Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Jacob’s Pillow, Shakespeare & Company and all the wonderful musical events here in the Tri-State area.

        By the way...also a great time to list your house! Before you know it, we will be barbecuing on the patio. As Robin Williams once said, “Spring is Nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’”

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