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Your flowers may be done blooming and your lawn may look like it’s stopped growing, but there are still a few things to do in your yard before the snow falls. Although the grass looks like it’s stopped growing, it roots are actually growing downward to help prepare for winter. Fall is actually the best time to fertilize and reseed your lawn.
Your landscaping can use a bit of fall love too. Pruning your trees and shrubs after the leaves have fallen helps to encourage healthy growth in the spring. Leave enough room for you to walk between your bushes and your house. This will help the air circulation near your home and allow the logs dry more quickly after it rains. Make sure to trim any dead branches and branches that are close to power lines or the roof that can cause damage in the winter.
Don’t forget to winterize. Disconnect and store your hoses; it will help them to last longer. Turn off the water valve to the outside faucets and drain the water from the pipes and sprinkler systems so they don’t freeze during the winter. Bring in your outdoor extension cords and check for fraying or other damage. Put away your lawn mower and summer lawn care equipment. Remember to empty out unused fuel, so sediment doesn’t build up and clog your fuel lines.
After you’ve finished winterizing, give your snow blower and generator a quick tune up to get them ready for the winter.
You probably haven’t used your furnace in since the snow melted and birds started singing, but now is a great time to make sure it is in shape to keep your home cozy all winter long. You can begin by replacing the furnace’s air filter and stocking up on enough filters to get you through the winter. Although many filters say they last for 90 days, your filter should be replaced once a month to keep your furnace working as efficiently as possible. If your furnace is getting a little older, you may want to call in an HVAC professional to give your furnace a tune up and make sure it’s ready to keep you warm.
If you enjoy snuggling up next to a crackling fire during the winter, it is important to sweep your chimney out annually and, you guessed it, fall is a great time to get it taken care of. Make sure your have enough firewood to keep your fireplace crackling all winter long. Don’t store your firewood on your deck or too close to your home. Not only does it pose a fire hazard, the bugs that often live in woodpiles can damage your log home. We recommend storing firewood 30 feet away from your house.
Winter heating bills can get expensive. So don’t waste money on a drafty house. Check the caulking around windows and doors and look for checking, or cracking in logs. Replace any caulk that is missing or pulling away and fill in checks that are bigger than ¼” with sealant. Examine your weather stripping and trim work to make sure it is in good condition. Tack down anything that is loose and replace it if it is missing or rotting.
Turning your heat down at night or while your gone during the day is another great way to save some money. If you have a hard time remembering to turn down the heat, consider installing a programmable thermostat that will automatically take care of it for you.
We hope our simple fall maintenance tips will help keep you warm and cozy all winter long!