Be pre­pared for Au­tumn

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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.

And what about the gar­den? Is it

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.

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