Fall Has Arrived! Prep Your Home Now for Colder Temps

Fall Has Arrived! Prep Your Home Now for Colder Temps

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. for lovers of the season of fall! Tis the season for vibrant reds, golden yellows, vivid oranges, pumpkins, and refreshingly cool temps. It also means winter isn’t far away.

Following are some small projects that can be completed during the mild temperatures that could save money and trouble during the winter months:

Don’t ignore rust spots 

If iron doors, railings, or fences show signs of rust, correct the problems as soon as you can; otherwise, things will likely worsen over the winter.  Click here for instructions on how to repair rust spots.

Prep Your Landscape Now for Spring

Grass roots keep growing until the ground gets down to around 40 degrees; so this is a good time to feed them. Apply a high-phosphorus (12-25-12) mix to lawns in fall to encourage roots, so turf greens up earlier in spring. It’s also a good time to seed a new lawn, start a compost pile, and trim shrubs and trees.

Keep out the cold and moisture 

Storm windows and storm doors are essential defenses against wind, rain, snow, and cold air.  If you have storm windows and doors, put them up early; if you don’t have them, buy some. They will help pay for themselves eventually through lower energy bills.

Install/Maintain Paths and Walkways

You can take a weekend to lay a  brick walkway. This will help make the trek to your mailbox or front door much safer than walking on wet, muddy grass. Also, be sure to check sidewalks and driveways for cracks. If you don’t fill them now, water can seep in and freeze, making them even larger. Take the time to resurface worn concrete now and you could save time and money in the future.

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