Tis the season for football, back-to-school, and prepping your home for winter. Use these tips to save $ and show your neighbors who's boss!
When it comes to the last mow of the year, lower your mower blade one notch. This will benefit the lawn greatly by increasing airflow and moisture access throughout the winter months.
Blow and rinse the mower to get all the debris off before stowing. If there's still gas in the tank, add an additive (Home Depot or Lowes) that will preserve the fluid.
To avoid frozen spigots and costly repairs, unscrew those hoses! Also, store your hoses in the garage or basement to avoid damage during deep freezes.
Call a professional and have them use compressed air to blow-out each zone of your sprinkler system. Costs between $30-$50.
Nobody enjoys a draft. Inspect each window inside & out and look for cracked caulking along the edges. Run a bead of sealant along these areas and enjoy the comforts of warmth!
Depending on the number of trees nearby, this may not be a big issue. Loaded gutters can cause misdirected water-flow; clean them out or watch for a new water feature.
Call a professional and have them service your system before running the heat. Costs between $60-$120.
Cut the grasses back, cover delicate plants, and look for anything else needing a trim.
Each tree drops leaves at a different time. Save time by purchasing a leaf sucker that mulches. Rake into piles and suck away!
Who doesn't like the flicker and warmth of a fireplace in winter. Turn on the gas (if it was shut off) and make sure it kicks on. If it clicks and does not ignite, call a professional to get it working.
Whew! Now go relax, your house is in order. Happy Fall, time for some hot cider.
Troy & Nikki