Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" March Projects

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Tidy the Gutters

Even if you cleaned the gutters last fall, they could probably use a second cleaning come springtime. Winter storms can blow twigs, leaves, and debris into your gutters that can impede the proper flow of rain away from your house, which in turn leads to flooding. Take precaution now, and save yourself a wet basement next month.

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Carpet Cleaning

Chances are your family has tracked in all sorts of ice melt, slush, and even mud throughout the winter months. Be sure to give your carpets and rugs a deep spring clean for a fresher start to the season. You can rent a carpet cleaner locally or buy your own machine like this one.

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In the Right Place

Spring is the perfect time to reorganize your closets. Donate or sell any winter clothing you didn't wear this year, then pack clean off-season clothes into bags, bins, or boxes—right after you double-check your forecast. (Don't want any surprises.) If your closets need an additional dose of organization, buy or build new shelves, dividers, or install an extra tension rod to double your usable space.

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Green Sweep

Once the snow has melted and the weather's fine, check your lawn for damage. A patchy lawn can be rescued by removing the dead soil, tilling the soil, and adding compost. Wait for warmer weather to reseed dead patches. Lay off the fertilizer; if you spread it too early, it can aid the growth of cold-season weeds rather than the grass.

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| Photo: www.zillrust from metal furniture using a wire brush and sandpaper, then repaint for a fresh, new look. Clean vinyl cushions of mold or mildew with a mixture of 1/4 cup of Borax and warm water. Now get ready to fire up the grill.

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Build Your Own Planter

Consider building a window box or adding a planter for your front porch. Whether you start from scratch or repurpose an old item, making a planter is a great family-friendly activity for spring. Take the simple route by painting a trio of terra cotta planters with chalkboard paint and planting them with herbs for a kitchen windowsill garden.


Allergy-Proof Your Home

Spring allergy season is coming. If that's bad news for your family, take precaution now before tree, flower, and grass pollen reaches its peak. Stop pollen at the door by laying down double door mats—one outside and one inside—and ask guests to remove their shoes as they enter. Also, swap out heavy drapes for lightweight curtains that can be machine washed. Lastly, air filtration is key; invest in a HEPA air filter, or upgrade to a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter attached.

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Check Your Home Exterior

Winter takes quite a toll on your home. Do a walk about, checking the roof for loose shingles, gutters, and siding. Keep an eye out for wood rot, which should be fixed immediately, paying particular attention to windows, doors, and trim. Then go ahead and give your exterior a quick clean with a power washer or hire a window washer to help your home glisten.

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| Photo: www.zillstaging your home can help you sell the place at a higher price. If your style is too modern or eclectic to appeal broadly to buyers, try stowing your furniture in storage, then borrow neutral pieces from a professional stager until you can close the deal.

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Prepare Your Garden

It's not too early to start your gardening routine. Trim dead and damaged branches from trees and shrubs. Plant summer-flowering bulbs after the last frost, and ready your garden beds for other early plantings. Then lay down a layer of mulch to retain moisture and prevent weed growth.


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