The fall season brings many lovely and comforting things like pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween, sweaters & boots, gorgeous outdoor colors like deep reds, oranges & yellows and beautiful, crisp sunny days. While we are distracted by the many guilty pleasures we have missed during the summer, we may forget to take care of a few house maintenance items, especially those outside. Here are 5 maintenance tips to consider so when springtime rolls around again your home is full of smiles and not unexpected headaches!
Regularly mow and water your lawn. For established lawns, these are the recommendation dates for fertilization:
Early September: Summer fertilizer or quick release fertilizer.
Mid November: Fall fertilizer, with moss control if needed.
Clean out summer gunk from your yard drains and gutters. The beautiful leaves are about to change color and get blown down. You don’t want your drains to get clogged so water starts overflowing or gets backed up causing other issues.
Add new bark or mulch to planting areas to help your beautiful plants and flowers last longer. This also will benefit any new bulbs you plant for the spring so they pop up healthy and glowing.
Don’t forget to winterize your sprinkler system and hose bibs. A pipe burst expense in something you do not want to experience. Start by making sure the hose is disconnected from the outside faucet. Allowing water to be able to drain out of the faucet is very important. Another useful tip is to never let your house temperature get below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Any yard tools that you use often throughout the spring and summer should be cleaned off and safely stored so they do not rust or break.