Despite the chill that still lingers in the air; a season of sunnier days, warmer breezes, and blooming flowers is right around the corner. March 20th marks the vernal (spring) equinox, the time of year when the entire globe has equal daylight and darkness, and which signals a move towards spring in the northern hemisphere.
Spring is the season to shoo away the cobwebs of winter. For many, it’s also considered a time for a fresh start. With all the important things that need to be done to prepare for spring, prepare for spring with our spring-forward tips.
- Making small repairs to our homes is another way to start fresh. But if you’re not the handy type, the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR) has a guide on selecting a licensed home improvement contractor to help you get those repairs completed safely.
- Make your back yard the center of family fun by planting a garden. Spring is the perfect time to rejuvenate lawns, flower beds, and the vegetable patch with plants that flourish during the spring in Massachusetts.
- Exercise caution when working with pesticides. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the labels if you choose to use them.
- Allergies are very common during the spring when pollen, weeds, and grass are floating in the air. Treatment or medication may be necessary if allergy symptoms prevent you from doing everyday tasks.
- Save money on energy bills by maintaining your air conditioner and by using natural ventilation and ceiling fans to cool your home.
- If spring cleaning includes a wardrobe clear out, consider donating your old clothes to good causes or a second-hand store instead of throwing them in the trash. It’s good for you, the receiver of your clothes, and the environment.
- Consider using green cleaning products as they contain no toxic ingredients, are pet-friendly, are not harmful to your family’s health, and will not harm the environment.
How will you prepare for spring? Share your tips in the comments below or by tweet us @MassGov!
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