Did you notice? Here on the Front Range, nighttime temperatures are beginning to drop, and cooler nights can mean only one thing: autumn is coming, and fast! Fall is a time to leaf peep, pack away your bathing suit, and reincorporate sweaters into your closet lineup, but it’s also a time to prepare your home and garden for the winter months ahead.
Whether you’re a DIYer or prefer to hire help, protecting your home and lawn from the winter elements is a must. Here are a couple checklists to get you on your way to successfully weathering the winter months:
- Clean gutters and downspouts.
- Schedule a furnace checkup (a licensed technician will clean and service the unit and replace the filter). Interested in replacing the filter yourself? Check out this tutorial.
- Swap out screens for storm windows and doors.
- Weatherstrip doors and windows (don’t forget the garage door!).
- Clear the dryer vent.
- Audit safety devices: test smoke/carbon monoxide alarms and ensure fire extinguishers haven’t expired.
- Caulk any exterior cracks or openings where air or water could get into your home—places to look include where masonry meets siding, window and door frames, and holes where wiring or water lines enter the structure.
- Reverse the direction of ceiling fans to push air up, circulating warm air back through your rooms.
- Have a snow blower? Complete a maintenance check and purchase fuel to keep on hand.
Lawn & Garden
- Aerate and fertilize your lawn.
- Mulch garden beds and the base of plants.
- Water grass and plants during dry spells (morning hours are best).
- Dig up, dry, and store bulbs (dahlias, gladiolus, calla lilies, and begonias).
- Plant spring bulbs (tulips, daffodils, allium, hyacinth, and crocus).
- Empty pots and planters.
- Conquer perennial weeds with an effective herbicide.
- Drain and store hoses.
- Blow out irrigation lines (an air compressor is the perfect tool for this).
- Clean, sharpen, and store tools (garden shears, shovels, rakes, mower blades, etc.).
- Shut off the water supply to exterior faucets.
Phew, you’re done. Now go leaf peeping and then rest (or ski!) for the winter and know your efforts will be rewarded with a well-protected home, lush lawn, and beautiful pops of color in spring.
Pradera is a master planned community nestled in the rolling hills between Castle Rock and Parker, Colorado. Whether golfing, gardening, or entertaining, residents enjoy luxurious custom homes on spacious homesites, with room to grow and thrive. Visit us today and experience for yourself the possibility Pradera offers.