Bob Vila’s 10 “Must Do” Projects for April

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to undo the damage winter has done to your property and begin prepping for a bountiful, enjoyable summer outdoors.
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Spring is here, and with it comes a bouquet of seasonal responsibilities. It’s time to clean and repair outdoor elements on your property, like fences and patios, that winter has battered. April is the perfect time to spruce up your lawn, begin planting trees and seeds, and prepare your home’s interior for allergy season. Some homeowners, too, may be busy readying their homes for a quick spring sale. Whether you’re staying in your home or selling it, enjoy some fresh air this month! Read on for April’s top “must do” projects.

1. Repair the Fence 

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Winter can take a toll on the home and yard, and it can be particularly brutal on fences. Now that it’s nice enough to linger outside, walk around your property to check posts, gates, and other fencing elements. Replace a leaning fence post by breaking up the old footing, standing it upright again, and then pouring new concrete into the excavated area. While you’re at it, refresh any tired pickets or other surfaces with a coat of fence paint for a quick boost of curb appeal.

2. Sow Your Seeds

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Once the danger of winter frost has passed, April is the time for sowing cool-season vegetable varieties outdoors. Plant your garden in raised beds for optimal drainage, or directly into the yard if your soil is arable. Choose your plants wisely, and opt only for foods you like—no one wants to get stuck with a bumper crop of cabbage the family won’t eat. Don’t have raised beds at your place yet? Build some with the help of DIY raised garden bed plans, or consult our tested guide to the best raised garden beds you can buy.

3. Reseal the Driveway

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The secret to a long-lasting asphalt driveway is a routine sealing regimen. Choose a rain-free weekend to work, then spray down and scrub the drive clean. Allow it to dry for a full 24 hours. When it’s dry, pick up a driveway sealer from the hardware store and work it onto the asphalt in 4-foot by 4-foot patches using a squeegee or the back of a push broom. Keep tires (and feet) off the surface for another 24 hours to allow it to set properly.

4. Test Your Lawn’s pH

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Before you fertilize or overseed the lawn, you should test your soil pH. (Our tested guide to the best soil test kits list our picks for most accurate, easy-to-use options.) Once have the results in hand, you’ll be able to establish a fertilizing schedule for your lawn.

5. Put Your House on the Market

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Are you thinking of putting your home on the market soon? Spring is historically the best time to do so. Before you list, consider making a few minor curb appeal updates that’ll show your house off to best advantage. Simple home staging tips can transform your interior, too. You’ll make it easier for buyers to picture themselves in their new home by packing away family photos and personal knickknacks.

6. Refresh the Bathroom

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You don’t need to sink thousands of dollars into a bathroom remodel to breathe new life into the space. Swapping out the shower curtain, medicine cabinet, cabinet hardware, shower head, and bath mat can make a big difference in how the space looks, for not a lot of money. These little changes won’t take you more than a few hours to make, but the results could be dramatic.

7. Plant a Tree

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April is full of good reasons to plant a tree: There’s Arbor Day and Earth Day, and the climate is just right. Your local nursery or garden center can help you choose an adolescent tree that’s right for your region, or you can become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and receive 10 seedlings to plant on your property for just $50.

RELATED: The 15 Best Trees for Any Backyard

8. Prepare Your Home for Allergy Season

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A wet and snowy winter can portend acute allergies come spring. Take precautions now by changing your HVAC filters and keeping your windows closed while tree pollen is in the air. Allergy-proof your home by checking footwear at the door, and placing doormats both inside and outside the threshold to trap extra pollen.

9. Set up a Rain Barrel

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The rainy season is great for parched lawns and gardens. Turn April showers into a gift that lasts by building or buying a rain barrel in which you can save rainwater. It’s simple to install, and harvesting rainwater will save money on your water bill. Just be sure to check your local ordinances before you get started to make sure you’re in compliance.

10. Power Wash the Patio

Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" April Projects cleaning terrace with a power washer - high water pressure cleaner on wooden terrace surface

A year’s worth of grime can age a beautiful deck or patio beyond all recognition, but you can get your outdoor space gleaming again by putting your pressure washer to good use. Spray down wood and concrete surfaces and lift away grime and mold. When the work is done, your space will look almost new again—all for the cost of some pressure washer soap.