Even in the dead of winter, it is never too early to begin planning for those fun days in the sun. Getting your yard ready for summer can be a multi-step process that yields great rewards in just a short period of time. 


Pool Maintenance

Whether you already have a swimming pool or are thinking of installing a spa to enhance your enjoyment of your backyard space, now is a good time to schedule a maintenance visit. A trained professional can help check for leaks, balance chemicals, and install new equipment. Taking care of your pool’s needs early ensures that you’re ready to go for a splash the minute the sun peeks out. If you don’t yet have a pool or spa, now is the perfect opportunity to contact your local Pittsburgh pool installers.


Yard Maintenance


Your grass may not grow much in the winter, but prepping the soil with fertilizer is likely to pay off when the weather heats up, giving you a lush, green yard just in time for going barefoot. In addition, the colder months are the best time to prune evergreen trees and shrubs while they rest before spring. Some flowers, such as butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosaare), are a good option to plant in late winter or early spring for abundant summer flowers.


Deck Maintenance


Decks take a lot of wear and tear because they are so exposed to the elements. To get your deck ship-shape, clean it well with a stiff-handled brush or broom and a special deck cleaning solution. After a thorough spring cleaning, a monthly maintenance scrub of water and baking soda should do the trick to keep it sparkling. Use power washers with caution, as the harsh spray can damage the wood.


It’s never too early to dream of backyard barbeques and pool parties. Spending a little time on maintenance of your outdoor spaces when it’s too cold to really enjoy them may seem like a cruel joke, but you’ll get the last laugh when you’re the first one in your neighborhood lounging pool-side and enjoying the summer fruits of your winter labor.