The Handler System™ inventor, Brad Blanchard, shares tips and advice on home and garden tools and projects. This week he shares ideas and best practices for spring cleaning the front and back yard.
As we enter into April, the weather begins to warm, days grow longer, and many people are eager to enjoy more time outside again. Take some time this month to spring clean your yard and you will find you want to spend more time in it with your friends and family. With The Handler System™ this project is quick and easy, leaving you more time to read, relax, play or cook in the sunshine.
Addressing Bushes and Trees
The first step to spring cleaning the yard is to take an inventory of all bushes and trees. Look for signs of frost damage and trim off any dead or damaged branches. Many shrubs can actually be cut down low to encourage new healthy grown and trees may also require pruning. Be sure to check with a local garden shop or landscape expert to learn what the specific pruning requirements of your trees and shrubs are, because each one may be different. Next, look to the ground below the trees. As you go to remove the trimmings from your pruning efforts, notice if there are also dead leaves or broken branches piled up. Using the metal rake head from The Handler System™, carefully remove all pruned branches and dead material from the ground surrounding your trees and beds.
Clean Walkways and Porches
Now that the trees and bushes are pruned and the ground is clear, you can turn your attention to walkways, porches, and patios. Nothing affects curb appeal like the condition of your sidewalk and porch. Remove any trash or debris that may have blown in during winter and spring storms. Using the 24” shop broom from The Handler System™, you can easily sweep the porch, patio, and walkways to remove dirt, sand, or salt that may have collected over the winter months. In just ten minutes, you can have your walkways looking new again. This is also a great time to spray down the surfaces and even the walls surrounding your patio or porch.
Add Interest with Planters
Next, clean out old planters and prepare them for new flowers, shrubs, or vegetables. Consider painting weathered pots in bright colors or purchasing a couple large eye-catching planters to spruce up the space. Bright colored containers add vibrancy and can add interest to your home.
Prepare Beds for Spring Planting
Lastly, consider spreading new mulch or rocks throughout your beds. To save on costs, purchase mulch or rocks in bulk and use a wheelbarrow and your shovel attachment from The Handler System™ to spread the material evenly across your beds. This will give your home a quick and easy face-lift and prepares beds for planting in the coming weeks.
Whether you commit to an entire weekend or just a quick afternoon, take some time this week to clean and prep your yard for spring. Best of all, with The Handler System™ you have all the tools you need to tackle each aspect of the job. By creating a welcoming space, you increase your curb appeal and create a beautiful place for yourself and family to enjoy all summer long.
About The Handler System™ and Brad Blanchard
The Handler System™ was invented by Brad Blanchard. Brad has over 35 years of experience as an aerospace engineer and owns Ventura Aerospace LLC Company, a manufacturing firm that makes precision components for commercial and military jet engines. The home and garden tool is assembled in the USA.
The Handler System™
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Plymouth, MI 48170