You may not be ready to embrace the season of pumpkins, light sweaters, and changing leaves, but fall is just around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about how to prepare your outdoor space for the changing weather, and we’ve got a few steps you can consider to care for your beautiful home.
Mow your lawn
Make sure to get one last trim in before the weather gets too cold so your yard is looking its best when fall comes around.
Mulch your plant beds
Re-mulch your yard around trees, shrubs, or other plants to help them thrive in the cool months ahead. This will help them maintain moisture as well, which is especially important if you live in a drier climate.
Clean your gutters
Gutters maintenance can be easily overlooked, but if your gutters are backed up, your lawn may face flooding or other issues due to seasonal rains this fall. Gutters can become especially clogged over the summer, so it is important that you clean them out before the fall comes. While you are up there, check to be sure there are no missing shingles from the top of your roof, which may cause problems down the road, and takes away from the aesthetic of your beautiful home.
Clean your patio or deck
After a summer of entertaining, your patio is probably in desperate need of some attention. Start by thoroughly cleaning it. Sweep up any dust and debris, then use a pressure washer or garden hose to rinse it down. After you have cleaned it, you have a good opportunity to re-stain your patio if it is looking a little worse for wear. Even if you think it could go a little while without being re-stained, it is a good idea to seal your patio before the fall. This way, your patio is prepared to take any rain without damage.
Clean your patio furniture
Next, you will want to prepare your outdoor furniture for the change in weather. You can clean most patio furniture using a mild detergent and water. Address any areas of rust or faded paint now because they will only get worse if you neglect them over the fall. Clean any stains on your cushions, and wash the covers if possible. If you don’t want to use your patio furniture this fall, you may consider storing them in a garage or shed for the colder months. If you don’t have a space for them, patio furniture covers will help protect your furniture from the elements as well.
Clean your grill
If you have a grill and don’t intend to use it during the colder months, you should also make a point to condition your grill with a lubricant so it won’t rust over the winter.
Now that you know how to prepare your outdoor living space, you are ready for fall to come! Enjoy your beautiful home throughout each season with a little planning and preparation.