Home Exterior Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

On Fridays, I work on maintaining the exterior of our home.  I do quite a bit more in the spring, summer, and fall than I do in the winter, but I work regularly to keep tasks from becoming overwhelming.  Read on for the schedule I try to follow to keep my home and yard in shape.

Daily Maintenance

  • Spring, summer:  Water the garden.
  • Summer:  Harvest food from the garden.
  • Pick up any limbs that have fallen in the yard.

Weekly Maintenance

  • Fertilize garden and plants.
  • Sweep the porch, steps, patio, and garage.
  • Pour vinegar in the driveway and sidewalk cracks to kill any weeds.
  • Weed eat/edge the driveway and sidewalk.
  • Weed eat around the fence, outside toys, trees, etc.
  • Weed the flower beds and garden.
  • Spring:  Trim hedges.
  • Fall:  Rake the leaves.
  • Spring, summer, fall:  Mow the lawn.
  • Clean the sidewalk.
  • Set out yard waste (leaves, limbs, cuttings, etc.) for pick-up.

Monthly Maintenance

  • Trim trees.

Bi-Annual Maintenance (Spring and Fall)

  • Clean out the dryer vent.
  • Clean the gutters.
  • Have the HVAC system maintained.
  • Have the termite inspection completed.
  • Pressure wash the drive, sidewalk, walls, porch, etc.
  • Clean the garage windows.
  • “Patch” the mulch in the flower beds.
  • Fertilize azaleas.  (I use Hollytone.)
  • Use weed and feed on the grass.
  • Overseed the fescue grass and “sprig” the St. Augustine grass.  (We have both, one in the front yard, one in the back.)
  • Inspect the roof.
  • Late fall:  Cover outdoor faucets for the winter.
  • Late fall:  Prep the water pump for winter.


  • We have very few trees to clog up our gutters.  In fact, if our neighbor didn’t have a huge oak tree, we wouldn’t have any leaves in our gutters at all.  If you have a lot of tall trees, you’ll likely need to clean your gutters more often.
  • I use a Rubbermaid garbage can for yard waste pick-up rather than yard waste bags.  Doing so is less expensive and less wasteful.

What Do You Do?

What tasks do you do to keep the exterior of your home maintained?  Let me hear from you in the comments!

Bridget | Ordered and Organized

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