Protecting Your Outdoor Plants When Painting the Exterior of Your House

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Most homeowners enjoy a bit of outdoor DIY, whether it’s power washing the deck or staining the fence. But when it comes to painting the exterior of your house, there are a few things you should take into consideration – namely, how to protect your outdoor plants. Here are a few tips on how to best do that.

Step One: Move Them Away from the Work Area:

The first step is to move your plants away from the work area. If possible, moved them into an adjacent room or garage. If you don’t have an indoor space that can accommodate all your plants, consider moving them to a friend or neighbor’s house for the duration of the project.

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Step Two: Cover Them to Protect Them

Once your plants are out of harm’s way, it’s time to start covering them up. Be sure to use heavy-duty plastic sheeting that will completely seal off the plant from any paint fumes or particles. It’s also important to secure the plastic tightly around the base of the plant so that no paint can get in. Use painter’s tape or string to secure the plastic in place.

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Step Three: Remove Any Dead Leaves or Branches

Before you cover your plants up, take a moment to remove any dead leaves or branches. This will help ensure that your plants stay healthy while they’re sealed off from fresh air and sunlight. Once you’ve removed any dead growth, lightly mist your plants with water so that they don’t dry out while they’re covered up.

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Paint projects are a great way to freshen up the look of your home, but it’s important to take care of your outdoor plants before you start painting. By moving them away from the work area, covering them with plastic sheeting, and removing any dead leaves or branches, you can help protect your plants and keep them healthy during the painting process.


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