Be prepared for Autumn
When the leaves start to change colors, it’s time to start tackling autumn chores to prpeare for the snow and cold and there are certain tasks you need to keep on top of to make sure your home is all set for the coming elements of the new season.
Have your heating system checked. Is your boiler needing a service? If you have a fireplace, have your chimney cleaned and checked.
Check and fix windows. If you have storm windows, get them out, clean them and check for needed repairs.
Find and deal with air leaks and drafts. Check doors and windows and any other areas you remember as being drafty last winter.
Check or install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Put in fresh batteries.
I f y o u ’ re still recovering from last winter’s energy costs, now may be the time to do a comprehensive energy audit of your home.
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Weed the garden. Pull out all dying annuals and make sure to eliminate all weeds. This will prevent them from seeding and taking over your garden in the spring.
If you haven’t fertilized the soil in your garden since last spring, do it again now. This step will ensure more blooms from a healthier plant.
Water. Even though the ground may be damp, watering ensures the fertilizer makes its way deep into the soil, giving plant roots extra oomph to get them through the winter.
Fertilize and reseed your lawn. Although grass appears to grow slower in the autumn, the roots grow deeper to prepare for winter. Reseed before the first heavy frost.