The temperatures are cooling off and it’s the perfect time to get your home and yard ready for winter…and next spring.
- Rake, rake, and yes, rake.
We know…we hate it, too. But abandoned leaves will ultimate suffocate the grass below, ensuring a patchy yard come spring-time.
- Compost and/or Mulch.
Those leaves you just raked up are full of nutrients and organic matter, they’re perfect for composts and mulching. Toss leaves in the compost or shred the leaves to use as mulch. Surrounding your flower beds with the shredded leaves provides a blanket of insulation during colder months.
- Seed cool-weather grass.
If you have cool-weather grass (bluegrass, fescue, etc) now is the time to seed, ultimately 6 weeks before the first freeze.
Flowers you can plant now for a beautiful spring yard include lilies, peonies, irises, and ferns.
It’s also time to get those winter veggies in the ground. The following will survive below-freezing temps with a little protection:
- Clean out your gutters.
Make sure gutters are free of debris so that water can flow freely. This will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming in the winter.
- Change Filters.
During heating months it’s important to change filters once a month. Or consider getting a permanent filter such as electostatic filters or HEPA filters.
- Caulking & Weatherstripping.
Tiny leaks can seriously effect energy efficiency. According the the US Department of Energy by 5-30% a year!
- Insulate Pipes.
Most hardware stores carry pre-slit pipe foam. Cut it to size and fasten in place with duct tape, easy schmeasy.
- Check Fire Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors.
Ensure all alarms and detectors are in good working order and batteries are charged.
- 72 Hour Kit.
What happens if a big ice storms hits? Are you prepared? Stock the kit with non-perishable food, a gallon of water per person/per day, batteries, battery-powered or hand-cranked radio, NOAA weather radio, flashlight, first-aid kit, whistle, filter-masks, moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic sheeting and duct tape. Be sure to put important documents in a waterproof container, and ensure any necessary medication is readily available.