Early Spring Landscaping Tips for a Beautiful Summer Lawn

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One of the most popular quotes in the world of sports is, “championships are won in the offseason.” Similarly, great summer landscapes are made in the spring.

Your lawn is just waking up from the long winter season, and it is hungry for nutrients. If you want a lush, healthy lawn this summer, you need to start working on it now. Here are seven things you should get done before mid-April.

1. Clean your gutters. The start of spring is always a good time to clean out your gutters. A clean gutter system will prevent water from pouring over the edge of your roof and drowning plants close to the perimeter of your home.

2. Remove debris and dead plants. Your lawn and garden have taken a beating from the long, cold winter – it’s time to clean them up. Pick up dead branches that have fallen from surrounding trees, rake up dead leaves, and remove any unwanted growth.

3. Prune trees and shrubbery. Prune any trees and shrubs which look damaged, diseased, or dead from the winter weather. Remove any weak spots and encourage the shrub’s natural shape. Wait to prune spring shrubs until after they have finished blooming.

4. Mulch your garden beds. Mulch tends to decompose or wash away during the winter months, making now the perfect time to restock your garden beds. Using a shovel, rake, or your hands, evenly distribute the mulch until it is 2-3 inches deep.

5. Apply pre-emergent weed killer. Don’t let weeds plague your landscape this season: kill them before they have a chance to grow by applying a pre-emergent weed killer.

6. Inspect landscaping equipment. Lubricate, sharpen, and inspect the various components of your landscaping equipment. If you notice any signs of damage, have it repaired now so it is ready to go when you need it later on.

7. Repair any stone fixtures. You’ve done everything you can for the vegetation in your yard; now it’s time to turn your attention to masonry. If you have any stone fixtures, clean them off and make any necessary touch ups and repairs. If you don’t have any stone fixtures, now is the time to install one.

Devine Bros. offers the widest selection of landscaping and masonry materials in Fairfield County, Connecticut. From mulch to flagstone and everything in between, look no further than us to supply your next project. All of our products are available for pickup and delivery. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call (203) 866-4421 to learn more, or view our product selection online.

 

Spring is Here, and Allergies Will Soon Follow

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Spring is in the air – or is that just pollen?

While spring is generally welcomed with open arms, the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies may not be as receptive. Luckily, there are ways to minimize your symptoms without barricading yourself in your home.

Here’s a few tips to help keep your allergies under control this season:

  • Start taking your allergy medication now, so it is working at full strength by the time peak allergy season comes around.
  • Dust, vacuum, and mop your home regularly.
  • Wash your bed sheets every week in hot water. Consider using a hypoallergenic cover on your mattress and pillows.
  • Bathe your pets twice a month, and don’t let them sleep in your bed.
  • Take off your shoes when you enter your home and leave them at the door.
  • Keep windows closed when the pollen count is high. Use the air conditioner at home and in the car.  
  • Find and remove any mold or mildew in your home.
  • Change your air filters in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Have your air ducts professionally cleaned. They could be harboring dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, and other allergens.
  • Keep your humidity levels under 50% to kill dust mites.
  • Invest in a HEPA filter to remove airborne particles from your home.

Poor indoor air quality can worsen your allergies, and even lead to health problems down the road. How clean is the air in your home? If you live in Fairfield County CT, call Devine Bros. at (203) 866-4421 to schedule an air quality consultation.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring in 5 Easy Steps

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Spring is around the corner; is your home prepared for the change of seasons? Follow these five steps from Devine Bros. Heating & Cooling, and it will be:

1. Clean your gutters. Spring showers are on the way, and if your gutters are clogged, rainwater can seep into your roof and foundation. Clean your gutters at the start of the season to divert rainwater away from your home and prevent water damage.

2. Care for your lawn. Great summer lawns are made in the spring months. Remove debris and dead grass from your lawn with a rake, then loosen up the soil. Lay down quality grass seeds, add fertilizer, and stay on top of your watering, and you will have a lush lawn before you know it.

3. Change your air filters. HVAC air filters should be cleaned or replaced every month. Dirty filters can restrict airflow, leading to increased wear-and-tear and higher energy bills. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to replace your filter.

4. Switch your ceiling fans. Set the blades on your ceiling fans to rotate counter-clockwise during the warmer months. This will gently push air down into the room and create a wind chill effect to help keep you cool.

5. Schedule an A/C tune up. Your air conditioner has been sitting idle for months, but soon you will use it almost every day. Make sure it’s ready for the sudden increased workload by having it professionally tuned up. In addition to preventing breakdowns, an A/C tune up can improve comfort and lower your energy bills.

If you live in Fairfield County, trust Devine Bros. to help get your home ready for the spring and summer months. We offer air conditioner repairs, installations, and tune ups, and have one of the largest inventories of landscaping supplies in southern Connecticut. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, or the surrounding area, call (203) 866-4421 today.

End-of-Season Furnace Care

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Even with the impending snow storm, spring is still on the way. After the next few weeks, we won’t be relying on our home heating systems to keep us warm too much. It is important to prepare your furnace for the long spring and summer seasons so that it is ready to run in the fall when you need it again.

Follow these step-by-step instructions from the experts at Devine Bros. to prepare your heating system for the offseason:

  • Clean or replace your air filter. If you have central air conditioning, your A/C likely uses the same ductwork as your furnace. Replacing your air filter only takes a few minutes and can significantly reduce energy usage and prevent breakdowns for your heating and cooling systems.
  • Perform a visual inspection. You don’t need to be an HVAC expert to give your heating system a quick visual inspection. Simply examine your furnace and its components for cracks, loose connections, and other signs of damage. If you see something wrong, have it professionally repaired before it develops into a bigger problem.
  • Clear the surrounding area. It’s easy to let items accumulate around your furnace during the summer months, but if you need heat on a cold, rainy day, a cluttered environment around your heating equipment could present a fire hazard.
  • Power it down. If your furnace has a dedicated switch on your breaker box, turn it off for the season. This will prevent it from accidentally turning on, which would waste energy and could put you at risk for a fire.

If you run into any problems when working on your furnace, the professionals at Devine Bros. are just a phone call away. Our trained technicians can service, repair, or install any type of home heating system. If you live in Fairfield County CT, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.