Weather finally cooperating for some outdoor projects

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – It wasn’t the brightest start to the first weekend of April, but temperatures in the 50s were warm enough to get some outdoor chores done.

“We cleaned the yard yesterday so we’re cleaning, spending time outdoors and enjoying it,” said James Dupre of Feeding Hills.

The cold and long winter kept temperatures too cool to do much work around the house, until now.

“Raking the yard, cleaning up, bringing the grill out, cooking outside. Nice weather that type of thing. Doing some painting around the house, putting up the lawn sprinklers. Stuff like that, a lot of outdoor stuff now that it’s nice weather now,” said Al Bishop of Agawam.

Painting inside is fine, but when it comes to painting outside it’s a little early since temperatures are still too cold at night.

Figuring out if it’s warm enough to paint something outside has else to do with the air temperature and more to do with the surface temperature of what you’re going to paint.

Before you paint, you should check the ideal temperature for application. Some paints shouldn’t be applied when surface temperatures are below fifty degrees.

But dont’ start painting until you fix any damage done by the ice and snow that winter brought.

“What you might want to look at is this winter we had some ice dams and I did see houses with gutters that were torn off so all that has to be repaired before you can start your painting project,” said Bruce Drewniany the manager of Rocky’s Ace Hardware in Agawam.

Lawn and garden care is good to start now, raking and fertilizing before the grass starts growing.

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