6 to-do items for your April ‘Rosie-do’ list

Mar 31, 2016, 2:56 PM
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Spring has sprung and April is here. It’s time for your monthly “Rosie –Do” list in our series to keep your home running smoothly. Here are the six to-do’s to focus on over the next few weeks.

Still time to plant

Cucumbers, eggplant, okra and peppers can be put in now in vegetable beds. If your landscaping is looking skimpy, you’ll also want to put in some desert favorites such as lantana, bougainvillea and bottlebrush. Use nontoxic pesticides to fight aphids and caterpillars.

Prepare your yard for the big heat to come

Do a major check on your sprinklers and irrigation systems now to look for leaks and malfunctions. If you don’t already have a drip irrigation system, now’s the time to get one.

Plant a tree in honor of Earth Day (April 22) or Arbor Day (April 29)

After all, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the net cooling effect of a young, healthy tree is equal to 10 room-size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day.

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Keep trees from getting thirsty in summer

Water as often as trees require it -– based on weather, soil, species and age. If you have typical clay soil common to Arizona and you saturate the root zone each time you water, you should water every week to 10 days in summer and every two to three weeks in the winter. Watch trees closely. If they wilt a bit in the late afternoon, with leaves that curl and turn away from the sun, it’s time to water.

Drain your water heater

This might be a good time to drain your water heater, generally, a once a year job. But if you haven’t drained the tank in several years, forget it. Too much sediment will have built up in the water heater and the draining process might cause your water heater to spring a leak.

Ready to sell your house?

Summer is a big buying time for family homes. Think about enhancing the curb appeal of your house before the for-sale sign goes up. Repaint the exterior; add some plants to the landscape; paint or replace that beat-up front door.

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6 to-do items for your April ‘Rosie-do’ list