Fall Maintenance

It’s official! Fall is here. As we move deeper towards the winter months, now is the time to start preparing your home and yard for winter. This will not save you the headache of trying to get things done before the snow flies, but will give you time to make any necessary repairs as needed.pexels-photo

To help give you a head start, here are 5 things to start doing now.

  1. Focus on your gutters. Throughout the year, dirt and debris can build up in your gutters and clog them up. Now is the time to clean out your gutters and downspouts so they are ready for the long winter months ahead.
  1. Check your roof for problems. You don’t want to find out you have a leak in your roof come January. Take some time now to inspect your roof for any damage, corrosion, or curled shingles. If you see any issues or have leaky vents, make sure to hire a professional to get these issues addressed.
  1. Change out your filters. While you’re going over your fall maintenance to-do list, make sure you add replacing your furnace filters to your list. This is a good habit to get into so you go into the winter season with a clean vent that is working properly. While you’re changing out your filters, also check your furnace to ensure it’s running at it’s best. Again, you don’t want to find out your heat isn’t working in the dead of winter.
  1. Replace batteries in your smoke alarms. Use this time to go through your home and replace all the batteries in your smoke alarms. This is a good habit to get into for both the Fall and Spring months to ensure the safety of your family and home.
  1. Clean out your chimneys. Many house fires are, in part, due to chimney’s not being cleaned out properly. Take this time now, before you start that fire in your fireplace, to make sure the chimney is cleaned of any muck and other elements which can easily ignite.

What are some things you do to winterize and maintain your home for Fall? Tell us about your fall maintenance routine below in the comments.

Fall Lawn Care

As we begin to decline into the cooler months, now is the time to prepare your lawn for winter. Many homeowners overlook this important time because of the belief that grass grows slower during the cooler months. However, this is just the opposite. As the cooler months descend on us, grass is actually preparing for the long winter ahead by absorbing energy, moisture, and nutrients it will need.

canstockphoto11598871To ensure your lawn is ready for the winter months, here are 4 important steps to take today.

1. Mow your lawn. To keep your grass healthy, continue to mow your lawn. As we move further towards the end of the season, drop the blade of your mower to its lowest setting to allow for more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass.

2. Aerate the soil. Fall is the ideal time to aerate your soil to ensure the fertilizer and other nutrients get down to the dirt. Also, overtime, dirt and roots become compacted which makes it difficult for the water and nutrients to get in. By aerating your lawn, you add holes to the soil which allows for those critical nutrients to go deep into the soil and keeps your lawn healthy.

3. Rake the leaves. No one enjoys raking leaves, but the simple fact is that it’s important to remove fallen leaves from your grass, immediately. If the leaves become wet, they can turn into a dense mat which is impossible to break through. This can suffocate your lawn and cause fungus to grow and lead to disease,

4. Fertilize the grass. Your lawn has a long winter ahead so making sure it has the proper nutrients to survive is essential. One way to make sure your grass is equipped to survive the winter (and stay healthy) is to fertilize now. Talk with your local garden center to decide which fertilizer is best your grass, climate, and region.

Have some tips to add for preparing your lawn for the winter? Share them with us below in the comments.