Prepping for Fall Weather

Once summer mornings get chilly, it may be time to start thinking about fall weather. Here are a few things to do outside, inside and in the garage to make sure you’re not caught off guard and left in the cold—literally.

  • Swap out summer flowers in your planters for cold weather seasonals like mums, ornamental kale, grasses, pansies and rudbeckia.
  • In the garden, pull up annuals and cut back perennials – mulch around these with raked up leaves.
  • Clean your gutters, and then reward yourself with dessert for checking that chore off the list!
  • Have the neighborhood kids rake leaves and surprise them with pumpkin leaf bags to decorate the lawn or little ghost bags to hang from the trees.
  • Store patio furniture.
  • Take sweaters and wool blankets from storage.
  • Buy lavender sachets or cedar balls to prevent moths from moving into your closets and drawers.
  • Replace screens with storm windows/doors.
  • Store air conditioner.
  • Buy winter essentials (heated blankets, space heaters and shovels) now to beat the rush and prevent being left out of a shortage come cold-weather.
  • Check for and remedy drafts near windows/doors.
  • Rearrange so your winter tools are more accessible.
  • Think ahead—even though it might be painful—to ice and sleet. Get a bag or two of salt and kitty litter to keep just in case of an early storm.
  • Put jumper cables, a warm blanket, car shovels and ice scrapers in each vehicle. Remove liquids that may freeze.
  • Neatly hang drained hoses.

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