If you just purchased your first home this year, you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the transition Fall brings to your yard. As a homeowner, there are a few things you need to keep up with around (and we literally mean “around”) the house.
Get ready to get your hands dirty, and step outside. Create a checklist, and work your way through some common maintenance tasks to complete during Fall’s transition.
Tend to the trees in your yard
Before the crisp temperatures of winter arrive, you can do a few things to preserve the health and wellness of the trees in your yard. Trimming back your trees in fall is best, as your plants will have gone dormant by this time of year.
Your trees and shrubs need warmth for their roots to continue thriving through the chilly times of winter. Invest in some mulch, and lay a thick layer of mulch around the base of your trees, shrubs, and perennials to preserve their roots for the renewal of Spring.
Clean up all the dead leaves
Fall is the time to pick up the rake. It’s important that you keep up with the falling leaves. A thick coverage of damp, dank leaves in your yard can cause trouble for your lawn.
The accumulation is also a breeding ground for allergens like mold and pollen. Grab the rake, and get out there for some organic exercise.
This is also a great time to get the kids out of the house for a bit. Charge them with the chore, and offer a worthwhile incentive for a thorough performance.
Clean the gutters and downspouts
Dead leaves will fall and get stuck in your home’s gutters. The gutters and downspouts on your home are vital to the longstanding function of the building, because your gutters facilitate the removal of excess water around the foundation of your house.
If you neglect to clean the leafy buildup from your gutters and downspouts, cold temperatures could freeze the matter. When the buildup freezes, your gutters will be blocked. Even worse, the frozen material will expand likely causing cracks and broken spots in your gutters/downspouts.
Winterize your outside belongings
Fall weather means that your outdoor activities will become a bit restricted for a while. You’ll need to spend time winterizing your outside furniture, machinery, and recreation tools so you don’t have to replace things next Summer.
Seal gaps with weatherstripping
You want to check your home for any air leaks before the cold breezes of Winter start knocking at your door. Invest in some quality weatherstripping to properly block breezeways underneath doors and poorly sealed windows to keep the warmth inside and the cold outside.