As the days get shorter and cool down, it’s time to get your home ready for winter.
Fall is a great time to plant perennials, like peonies, columbine or hydrangea. Autumn is also a good time to plant trees and shrubs and reseed your lawn. Give new plants plenty of water before they go dormant, and by spring you may get a first bloom, depending on the variety.
Once the leaves start falling, it is time to start raking. A layer of leaves atop your grass can smother your lawn and lead to mold growth. A light layer of leaves under your shrubs and trees can provide natural mulch, protecting the roots over the winter and providing refuge for insects and wildlife.
Before the rainy season starts make sure gutters are clear of leaves and debris. Also be sure to inspect and repair all gutters and downspouts.
If you plan to use your fireplace, stock up on firewood. Stack it on pallets, so it does not sit on the moist ground. Don’t pack the wood tightly, or fungus could grow. Cover the wood with plastic sheeting, making sure it does not touch the ground, either. Don’t keep wood in the house for more than a week, it can attract insects.
Furnace and HVAC
Get your furnace and ductwork serviced. Replace air filters. Test thermostat to make sure it works properly. Make sure vents are open and nothing is blocking them.
Have your chimney cleaned and inspected before you start using your fireplace.
Windows and doors
Check windows and doors for drafts. Caulk door and window frames where necessary.
Have dryer vent inspected and cleaned, lint buildup in dryer vents can become a fire hazard.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
When you turn your clocks back to standard time, check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries as needed.