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Fall Seasonal Checklist for Getting Your Home Ready for The Cooler Weather

Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2008-10-05 12:02.

Getting Your Home Ready for FallDon't "Fall" into the Season Without Preparing Your Home

Proper maintenance of your home and garden will help preserve your investment. And best of all, keeping your house in tip-top shape this fall will prevent any unnecessary chores in the spring.

Outdoor Projects

  • Complete exterior painting before cooler weather arrives.
  • Cover air conditioner and barbecue to prevent winter damage.
  • Store lawn ornaments and patio furniture in a shed or basement. If space is limited, weather-resistant covers can protect outdoor furnishings.
  • Close your pool before leaves start to fall, and nighttime temperatures begin to drop. Sooner than that and you risk an algae bloom.
  • Store kids toys indoors or in an outdoor shed to prevent rusting and fading.
  • Check and repair exterior lighting before daylight fades.

Lawn and Garden

  • Till and prepare planting beds when the soil is relatively dry. By adding soil and mulch to your beds, you'll be a step ahead for spring planting.
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs and perennials.
  • Protect roses, saplings and small trees by sheltering them with a burlap screen.
  • Pull weeds to reduce the number of seedlings next spring.
  • Mow grass short for the final cut of the year by reducing the cutting height gradually to 3.5 cm (from 7.4 cm) until the grass stops growing.

Indoor Preparation

  • Bring container plants indoors, making sure they are free of pests. Doing so may enable plants to survive the season and bloom again in spring.
  • Check and clean your humidifier. Empty the tank, dry the inside surfaces and refill with clean water. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.