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Functional outdoor plumbing is the key to beautiful landscaping

Brown Lab Puppy on Green Lawn

Just because temperatures are on the rise and the sun is shining, that doesn't mean your grass is going to automatically be greener once we get into summer. Without a little bit of tender loving care, your lawn could turn into a dusty sand pit, especially if you don't adequately keep it watered during dry spells.

Although we are regularly exposed to punishing rain storms here in the Mid Atlantic, we are also prone to our fair share of dry spells. In 2005 and 2009, for example, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported record dryness up and down the East Coast that resulted in lawn damage throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Make sure that the maintenance of your lawn is a priority this spring not just to impress the neighbors but for the well-being of the entire household. After all, if you aren't able to play on the back lawn with your kids this summer, you're simply not taking full advantage of the wonderful weather this season.

The first place to start when making sure you are properly prepared for seasonal lawn maintenance is the outdoor spout for the hose. Over the course of the winter, the pipes leading to this device may have frozen and cracked, or your spout might simply have reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.

Have an experienced Fairfax plumbing service like John C. Flood visit your home this summer to inspect the water spouts inside and outside of your house, especially if you are noticing any lack of flow or discoloration in water. This way, you'll be sure to start the season right.