4. READY THE GRILL
If your gas grill has remained idle over the winter months, check burner jets for clogs and obstructions, and be sure that gas hoses and connections are sound and secure. You'll also want to check for propane. For charcoal grill owners, make certain your grill is clean of ash and free of grease residue. It's a good habit to adopt throughout the grilling season, not just in spring.
5. INSPECT DECK AND PATIO
If you have a deck, look for warped, loose or splintered boards, and do a good sweep to remove any leaves and debris, which may accumulated in the space between boards. Whether it's wood, plastic or composite, a deck should be cleaned every year to extend its life. If the finish on your wood deck is faded or worn, now is the time to clean, stain, and reseal it. If you have composite decking, follow the manufacturer's recommendations on seasonal care. The same is true for wood and composite fences, pergolas, trellises and other lawn structures. If you have a stone patio, a simple hose down is generally all the maintenance required (unless you detect moss or staining, in which case a more serious cleaning may be necessary).
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