Fall is just around the corner with its festivals and brightly colored leaves, and winter not far behind it. Here are ten tips for cleaning up and preparing for the change of seasons.
Chances are good that you will not be using the patio furniture during the winter months. Before you store it, here are a few tips from Reader’s Digest on how to clean it well.
If you leave water in your irrigation pipes, it will freeze, and your entire system will be damaged. Draining the water before it starts snowing will prevent that from happening as well as save you the cost of repairing the system in the spring.
Not sure how to do it? Angie’s List has a four-step guide, available here.
Most of your outdoor toys are meant for the summer, and do not need to take up space in the house or garage during the fall and winter months. Store them in the backyard shed and bring them back out once the temperatures start climbing again.
If you have a pool, you do not want it to be damaged by the cold winds of winter any more than you want your irrigation system damaged. If you are not sure of what to do, here is The Spruce’s How-To Guide.
There is little need for your lawn mower to be out once the seasons change. Empty your lawn mower’s gas tank so the gas does not break the tank as it freezes and expands, then put the lawn mower in storage.
These will help keep your yard looking neat during the fall months when the leaves land wherever they feel like.
Now is the time to invest in a snow blower, as well as a shovel, salt, and sand. All of these items will help keep your sidewalks and driveways useable once the snow hits.
Use the method for emptying them described by the feeder’s manufacturer, and store them in a safe place until the weather warms and they appear again.
The last thing you need is for your gutters to be clogged up when snow starts melting off your roof. Be persistent in cleaning them out often this fall.
Daylight hours are shorter during the winter months. Adequate lighting will help you and your guests navigate being outdoors in the evening hours much more easily.
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