Summer is here, which means you have extra chores to take care of around the house. Of course, you do not want to spend all your spare time doing chores though, but you do not want to overlook anything either. This will make the tasks harder. Below are a few tips to keep you on track and help minimize the amount of time you have to devote to doing chores.

Beauport Tiered Outdoor Water Fountain

Beauport Tiered Outdoor Water Fountain

Choose Native Plants

When you plant exotic things they naturally require a lot more work to keep happy. Plus, quite often they need far more water than what Mother Nature blesses them with in your area. This means getting out the hose constantly to give them a drink. Not only is this time consuming, it uses precious natural resources. Opt for native species instead. These plants require minimal care and likely will not even need watering unless you have drought conditions.

Finial Outdoor Water Fountain

Finial Outdoor Water Fountain

Plant a Meadow

Do you need all that grassy space you have? If you have a small yard then by all means keep the grass. It probably only takes you a short time to mow it anyway. If you have a large yard then turn what you do not need into a wildflower meadow. This will save you on lawn care time. The meadow can essentially become the focal point of your yard if you add a wrought iron and a bird bath.

Fountain Maintenance and Care

Whether you have one large tiered water feature or a few small solar ones, fountain maintenance and care needs to become a priority. Basic daily maintenance will help keep the fountain clean longer so you are not emptying it to clean quite as often. Get in the habit of checking the water feature at least once daily. You can do this while you are talking on the phone or cooling down from your morning jog. Go around and pull debris out of them. Leaves, twigs, etc., will make the water dirty. You should also check the water level. Keep in mind that water evaporates quickly in the heat. It is important that the pump always be submerged.

Marina 4 Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

Marina 4 Tier Outdoor Water Fountain

It is also helpful to create a cleaning routine and add it to your schedule. There is no point waiting for the water to get visibly dirty. This will just make the cleaning process harder.

Use Furniture Covers

How much time do you typically spend cleaning patio furniture before you sit on it? Whether you are wiping away morning dew or scrubbing bird droppings off the table before guests arrive, these chores can be eliminated by using furniture covers. It is a lot easier and faster to remove a cover than it is to clean. Furniture covers ensure items are always ready-to-use, and they keep the furniture looking new for a longer period of time.