Keep Your Property in Top Shape this Fall Season with These Outdoor Maintenance Tips

raking leaves in fall

Rake Up Leaves

The most obvious sign of fall is the piles of leaves falling from trees. Leaves can cause serious damage to your lawn and landscape when left unchecked, as they block sunlight and trap moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew – making it necessary to rake them regularly. Clearing leaves from gutters will also ensure that water flows properly, minimizing the risk of water damage.

Furnace Inspection

As the temperature dips, your furnace becomes one of your home’s most critical systems to keep your family warm and comfortable throughout the fall. While switching on your heating unit, it’s essential to have a professional inspect your furnace to identify any issues that may cause it to malfunction. A well-maintained furnace will not only reduce your heating bills but also guarantee a warm and cozy home throughout the season.

Prune Trees and Shrubs

Trimming trees and shrubs in the fall improves their overall health and ensures that they survive the winter. Pruning also helps in preventing the spread of disease, thereby improving the appearance of your yard. Trimming back your trees and plants also helps protect your property from fallen branches and other debris that could cause damage during storms.

Prepare Your Garden Soil

As the outdoor temperatures drop, your soil’s quality is of utmost importance. You can prepare your garden soil with fresh compost or organic matter. Amending the soil with these ingredients will improve drainage, enhance fertility, and insulate your plants’ root system during the harsh fall and winter months.

Inspect and Repair Your Outdoor Lighting 

As the days become shorter and darkness sets in sooner, outdoor lighting becomes paramount to your family’s safety and security. Go around your property and inspect all outdoor lighting, replacing any burnt-out bulbs and checking for damaged wiring. Also, check all the emergency lights and exit signs, making sure that they are fully charged.

Check Your Foundation for Cracks

Your home is your haven, your safe place, but issues with the foundation can make it a little less safe. Checking for foundation cracks is crucial to ensuring the security of your home. Don’t be intimidated, checking for cracks is simple. Grab a flashlight and head to the basement or crawlspace – these are the most common places for foundation cracks to occur. Look for any hairline cracks or larger fissures – even the smallest crack can signify a larger issue. Take note of the size, location, and direction of the cracks. If you see anything that concerns you, give us  a call. Addressing foundation issues early on can save you a lot of time, money, and headaches in the long run. Don’t let foundation cracks put your home at risk.

Taking care of your home’s fall outdoor maintenance tasks is a necessary step towards a clean, safe, and secure living space for your family. These simple tasks will not only make your property look its best, but they will also help protect your home and outdoor areas from seasonal damages. Following these tips will leave your home in top shape as we head towards winter. So, go ahead and start preparing to enjoy the beauty and warmth of fall, knowing that your property is prepared for the season!

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