Home maintenance fallacies and facts
Owning a home involves work. You know there are home maintenance tasks to keep up on, but are you doing these tasks correctly or as often as you should? We busted 11 home maintenance myths you’ll wish you would have known about sooner.
You’ll mow less if you cut the grass short
If mowing isn’t your favourite home maintenance task, you may be tempted to cut the grass short so you don’t have to mow as often. However, The Lawn Institute reports, “Cutting your lawn too short creates an environment for both weed and disease infestation. It also causes the lawn to lose moisture much quicker.” Instead, follow the one-third rule: “Select a mowing height appropriate for the turf grass species in your lawn. Then set your mower blade height so you cut off no more than the top third of the grass plant. This will encourage stronger roots.”
Make sure your mower is in good nick with our spring mower maintenance guide.
Gutters only need to be cleaned in autumn
If you think you only need to clean your gutters in autumn, think again. Gutters can get clogged with debris that prevents them from directing the flow of rainwater away from your home any time of year, resulting in damage to your home’s interior and exterior. They can also be a fire risk. “Clogged gutters can also become attractive homes to insects, rodents, and mould. That’s why it’s a good idea to have your gutters cleaned in both the summer and fall,” according to First Quality Roofing and Insulation.