The cool fall weather is sneaking up on us. The good news is you may have mowed the lawn for the final time this year. Put this extra time to good use by performing these simple fall home maintenance chores:
Fall Lawn Care Tips:
You may have parked your lawnmower for the winter but your lawn still needs some attention. Fall is great time to fertilizer your lawn. Use a winterizing fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to promote root growth. This will make your lawn stronger when spring finally rolls around.
Rake your entire lawn to remove any build-up of thatch and expose any bare areas. Reseeding the bare spots will eliminate areas that weeds would otherwise take over in the spring.
Once the grass has stopped growing, make one final cut and rake up any debris that may be left behind. If leaves are not removed, this can lead to Snow-mold, and lawn disease in the spring.
Windows & Doors
Inspection of your windows and entrance doors should be part of your fall home maintenance plan each year. If the caulking is split, cracked, or missing in some areas, fall is a great time to replace it. Be sure to clean any mildew on the existing caulking so the new caulk will adhere properly.
Clean the exterior of your windows before the weather becomes too cold. Use a mix of 2 cups of water, ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar, combined with ½ teaspoon of liquid detergent. To eliminate the lint left behind by using paper towels, wipe the windows with the Sunday News.
To keep your windows moving freely when spring arrives next year, wipe the slides with paraffin wax and slide the windows up and down a few times before latching them for the winter.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
Remove leaves and debris from all gutters. Be sure that all downspouts are unobstructed. Failing to take care of this can lead to water damage of the wood behind your gutters and beneath the roof.
Your fall home maintenance routine should include inspecting your siding. Re-caulk any gaps that you find to prevent water damage to the structure. Repaint any areas that need attention.
Fall is a good time to trim any shrubs and small trees that are planted near your home. Cut back any branches and shrubbery that contacts the siding.