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10 Things to Do to Get Ready for Spring

Spring brings longer days, perfect for clearing out cobwebs of winter from your home and garden.

Purple lupines pop up in early spring.

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1. Find your favorite bloom. Welcome peak wildflower season with our guide on where to go. Discover the West’s top spots to frolic in fields of desert marigolds, purple lupines, wild hyacinths, milkmaids, and California poppies at AAA.com/wildflowers.

2. Save on your taxes. Dreading your annual check-in with Uncle Sam? AAA can help, with savvy ways to prepare for filing, tips for trimming the fat on everyday expenses, and a $20 discount on TurboTax. Learn more at AAA.com/taxes.

3. Meet your neighbors. Join your community for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on Apr. 22. To find out what’s happening in your city or region, visit earthday.org.

4. Spruce up your home. Winter weather can wreak havoc on landscaping, walkways, and more. Now is the time to pressure wash filthy siding and repair or replace broken paving stones, railings, or roof shingles. Test sprinklers to make sure heads are functioning and water sprays on your lawn, not your windows.

5. Track your auto repairs. Taking your car in for maintenance can be tedious, but it just got easier. AAA owned and operated Auto Repair Centers offer a completely digital vehicle inspection experience, including a detailed report with photos sent by text or email. The center will even note what work your car may need in the future. Learn more at AAA.com/DVI.

6. Banish your sniffles. More than 50 million people in the United States experience seasonal allergies. Manage pollen levels inside your house by closing windows, kicking off shoes at the door, and showering before bed.

7. Smell your roses. Or lilacs or gardenias—assuming you don’t have allergies! (See above.) When spring hits full bloom, plan a picnic among petals. Discover 16 of the West’s most stunning gardens.

8. Enlist your dishwasher. While you’re in spring-cleaning mode, run a load of plastic toys, utensil trays, sponges, and scrub brushes. You can even freshen up rubber flip-flops ahead of the warm weather; hook them securely to the top rack and turn off heated dry.

9. Take stock of your stuff. It’s a wise move to inventory everything in your home, in case you ever have to file an insurance claim. Do it quickly by recording a video tour on your phone and saving it to the cloud. For more insurance information and resources, visit AAA.com.

10. Choose your book. Mar. 2 is Read Across America Day. Bury your nose in an old favorite, or plan a trip to a literary destination. California’s Monterey waterfront is the setting of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row. The Blackfoot River in Missoula, Montana, is where Norman Maclean cast for trout in A River Runs Through It.