Oh my gourdness its Autumn!

As my tan lines start to fade lets look back on the memories that will last forever!

2020 has been one of the years for the books! Things have not been easy! We are still going through a pandemic but people are becoming home owners and with being a home owner comes a lot of responsibility!

Let the experts at Claus Landscaping prepare your home for fall!

Below you are going to find simple and easy to follow steps to get you going in the right direction!

The transition from summer to fall during a pandemic won’t be easy giving up our swim suits and flip flops to be stuck inside again sounds like the worst nightmare ever!

If you’re a new homeowner, you’ll soon learn that early autumn is the last chance to get ready for colder weather approaching when rain, snow, and ice can wreak havoc on a house.

But even if you’ve been in your home for a while now — or live somewhere where winter weather is a rarity — our Fall Home Maintenance Checklist is filled with tips to help every homeowner tackle autumn chores in a jiffy.

If any of these things seem like they could be hard or difficult please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Lawn and garden

  • Get a trim. Giving shrubs and bushes a haircut helps them stay healthy and can prevent damage to the plant if heavy snow comes unexpectedly. If near the house, it keeps windows clear and lets more light in.
  • Remove risky tree limbs that are growing too close to the house, roof or overhead power lines. If you can’t do it yourself, get a professional. 
  • Don’t leave the leaves. Many think a blanket of autumn leaves protects the lawn below, and to a degree that’s true, but too many can trap moisture and rot your grass before it even has a chance to revive. Even when grass isn’t growing, roots are still active, so aerating, fertilizing and raking will set you up for a great lawn in the spring.
  • Know your flowering plants. Remove the dead annuals (they’re not coming back) and mulch your perennials (so they will). Meanwhile, remember to plant bulbs that will bloom in early spring, like daffodil, hyacinth, crocus and tulips.
  • Drain hoses and turn off exterior faucets. Even if you haven’t used them in a while, hoses can retain residual water. Once the temps dip below freezing, you’ll wish you stored them properly. While you’re at it, we’d suggest insulating exposed exterior pipes.
  • Care for your tools. Clean and oil hand tools, and winterize your lawnmower by removing the battery, brushing off caked-on grass and mud, and storing it with a full tank of gas to keep condensation from forming rust.
  • Protect patio furniture. If you don’t have a garage or shed to put patio furniture in, consider buying a fitted tarp to protect them from the elements. Do the same for your grill if you don’t intend to BBQ over the winter.

On the inside

  • 86 the AC. Remove window air conditioning units before temperatures drop. If you have nowhere to store them, cover the entire unit with an insulating wrap to keep cold air out.
  • Check your attic for any signs of moisture. You might want to do this in conjunction with your roof shingle inspection. 
  • Have your HVAC checked. You don’t want your furnace and heating system punking out on you in the dead of winter. Have a pro inspect it every two years or so. And now’s a good time to change the filters and clean the air ducts to reduce dust in the house and improve your home’s energy efficiency. 
  • Test smoke detectors & carbon monoxide alarms and, even if you think they still have life left in them, change the batteries.
  • Lose the lint. Your dryer’s vents are possibly filled with lint – a real fire hazard. If you can’t get at it yourself, call in the professionals to stay on the safe side. 
  • Check fire extinguishers to make sure they are full and haven’t been tampered with, and make sure everyone in the house knows where they are located and how to use them.
  • Kitchen clean-out. Now that the summer’s over, you’re probably going to be cooking in more.  So, consider doing a deep clean of the kitchen. Clean the oven interior, degrease the range hood and filter, vacuum behind the fridge, and remove the dead mosquitoes and moths from overhead lighting fixtures. Once the holiday’s come, you’ll be glad you did. 

Winter prep

  • Snow removal supplies. Global warming doesn’t mean snow is a thing of the past. See to it that the snow shovels and ice scrapers you used last winter are still functional. If not, get new ones before there’s a run after the first storm. 
  • Do a dry run. If shoveling snow is not your thing, test your snowblower to make sure it’s in working order. If you hire a plow service, call them to make sure you’re on their service call schedule. 
  • Stock up on rock salt. If you rely on ice-melt pellets, please look for brands that make it pet, plant, and environmentally friendly.

Up on the roof

  • Scan your roof for damaged, warped or missing shingles. Replace any that look like they won’t last the winter. 
  • While you’re up on that ladder, check for moss growth. If you find any, spray it with a 50:50 mix of household bleach and water. After 30 mins, hose off with water. 
  • Do a gut check! Gutters stuffed with leaves and pine needles can cause rainwater to back up. If it doesn’t drain properly, it could freeze and seep into your interior walls. 
  • Check downspout runoff. Make sure that water draining from downspouts is being directed away from the house. If it’s too close, it can weaken your foundation.
  • Keep critters out. Check roof overhangs and patch any holes or openings where birds, rodents, squirrels and bats could take refuge from the cold. 

If any of this seems like a good idea or too much don’t forget the most important part of the list!