Memorial Day Marks the unofficial kickoff to summer. Finally, it’s time to fire up the grill and soak up some time outdoors. If you’re entertaining or even just relaxing this holiday, prepare your yard and outdoor items with these quick cleaning suggestions.
Memorial Day Preparation Tips
- Wash outdoor furniture: If your patio or deck furniture has been in storage all winter, it likely needs a good cleaning. Save on time and elbow grease by spraying your furniture down with a pressure washer. Make sure you use the proper setting on your equipment so you don’t damage any furniture. For instance, the Briggs & Stratton POWERflow+ pressure washer has adjustable modes that are perfect for cleaning delicate surfaces, as well as tough spots.
- Check the grill: Nothing beats a burger or brat right off the grill – especially if it’s the first outdoor meal of the year. If the grill is particularly dirty or coated in soot, give it a once-over with your pressure washer to remove last year’s gristle. Depending on your grill type, make sure your propane tank is full or you have charcoal and lighter fluid on hand before firing up. You wouldn’t want to spoil the holiday with a late (or nonexistent) meal.
- Spray off the driveway and deck: Don’t put away the pressure washer just yet. In just a few hours, you could easily pressure wash a short driveway or small deck. POWERflow+, for example delivers up to five water gallons per minute and offers a 7-in-1 nozzle so you won’t have to invest an entire day cleaning and changing gear. Review power washing safety tips and your operator’s manual before starting your spring cleaning projects.
- Mow the lawn: You’ve likely only mowed once or twice so far this year. (if you’re in the Northern states like me, you may be finally seeing some green after all that snow!) Give the grass a fresh cut on Saturday or Sunday so you can relax and enjoy the yard on Monday. A mowed lawn instantly makes your entire yard look nicer.
- Freshen up a flower bed: Prune any dead bits off your shrubs or pick any leftover leaves and winter debris out of flower beds. Keep an eye out for pesky weeds that may be making an early appearance. Better to remove them now before they take over the rest of your landscaping.
Don’t Forget the Food and Festivities!
Stock up: Many stores and offices are closed for the holiday or even the holiday weekend so make sure you get the food, supplies and other gear you need with plenty of time to spare. When in doubt, buy extra so you can invite the neighbors over, too.
Look up parade and festival information: Honor and celebrate the holiday by attending a festival or parade in your town. Be sure to find the correct route and parking information before you go to make the trip seamless.
Regardless of your plans for Memorial Day weekend, I do hope that you have a good one spent with friends and family, And like I will be doing on Monday, please don’t forget to take a moment and remember to honor those who have served our country. We owe our servicemen and women, their families a debt of gratitude for the sacrifices they make.