The crisp weather, changing colors and holiday-like flavors of fall signal that it’s time to slow down a bit from the busy summer months. But fall also means it’s time for a little cleanup before you settle in for the quiet of winter.
Before your list gets too long or overwhelming, here are the five items always on our fall clean-up checklist:
Beautiful foliage is fun to look at in all its glory, but it can sure make a mess in your gutters. If you’ve neglected the task of cleaning your gutters in the past, be prepared for some problems in the future (which could lead to a serious strain on your wallet).
So, make sure your gutters stay clean and free from leaves, debris, sticks and whatever your favorite neighborhood squirrels like to drop in there.
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You used them all summer and now it’s time to show them a little TLC. Maintain, fix or repair your lawn care items, tools and outdoor furniture, then store them in a safe place for spring.
Also, double check your outdoor lighting. You may want to take down and store solar or string lights until spring.
You had a great time lounging on your deck during warmer months, so you’ll want it ready to go again for next year’s barbecues. Give your deck good power wash, then, once dry, add a weatherproofing stain to protect the wood over the winter.
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Dry everything out before you store it away. This includes deck pillows, outdoor rugs, lawn toys, watering cans, hoses, and tarps or other outdoor fabric. The last thing you want is to drag out mildewed or musty items on the first warm day of spring. It kind of puts a damper on things. (Haha, get it? Damper?)
Trim any dead branches from trees or hedges. Cut back or divide your perennials. Plant bulbs for spring. Fertilize your lawn. Till your vegetable garden.
Basically, try to think through tasks you can tackle now to ensure a safe winter and a happy start to spring (like maybe finally getting that weird green stuff off the side of your house).
What are your fall clean-up musts? Get in touch. We would love to help you get ready for winter!