It is officially Autumn and ’tis the season to get your home ready for winter with a fall yard and exterior spruce up. Not that I am ready for winter but I know how fast the weather changes and we might be only weeks away from seeing the snow fly. So let’s take a look at some ways you can get your home and yard in shape.
Rake Those Leaves
They don’t’ call it fall for nothing, those leaves need to be raked! Frequent raking will keep the leaves at bay and also give you a good workout. There are several kinds of leaf rakes you could use; The Home Depot has a nice selection. The Razor-Back 24-Tine Steel Rake has a one-piece head which means the steel tines will not come loose. It has a strong fiberglass handle with cushion grip and provides a smooth raking action thanks to the flexible coil spring construction.
If poly is more your style, the Ames Collector Series 26” Poly Leaf Rake might be for you. This rake is designed for large yards and big jobs. This rake features an innovative head and large gasket which means you will be able to gather more leaves in less time. This lightweight rake will minimize fatigue as you repetitively perform the raking motion. The vinyl coated steel handle is strong and the cushion grip is easy on your hands.
If you have little ones who want to help, let them! The Little Diggers Series Kid Safe Poly Garden Rake features a 10” leaf rake head and 31” hardwood handle perfect for small hands.
Plant Some Fall Flowers
As the beautiful summer flowers start to die, add in some vibrant color with fall flowers like mums and asters. Fall harvest bushel baskets filled with fall flowers and plants along with pumpkins, gourds and more can be used to decorated your porch or entrance. These hardy plants and accents will add to your home’s curb appeal. Don’t forget to add some mulch to your flower beds and around trees and shrubs.
A fresh coat of paint on the front door in a bold color will make it the focal point of your house. Add a festive wreath to create a warm and inviting entrance for your family and friends.
Pressure washing the siding and cleaning windows will remove the dust, debris and dirt and give your house a lift. If you have a deck or porch make sure you don’t forget to give that a good wash and if there are any loose or damaged boards, replace them now. Clean your gutters and downspouts and remove leaves and other debris to help prevent any water damage.
Pressure washers are available in gas or electric. The Powerplay PressureJet 2000 psi Electric Pressure Washer from Sears can take on tough jobs with a 1.4 gallons per minute high powered spray.
Looking for even more power? You can get more power for less with an $80 savings on the Craftsman 3000psi 2.7GPM Gas Powered Pressure Washer. The 3000 psi Quiet Sense Pressure Washer cleans exteriors using heavy duty gas power. Its patented PerfectMix system mixes in the exact amount of soap needed right into the water stream.
Cover up your patio furniture as the days get colder with patio furniture covers. You can find a nice variety of covers at Sears to cover tables, chairs, lounges, swings and more.
As the days become shorter and it gets darker earlier, make sure you have adequate exterior lighting. You can add flood lights, motion activated lights, solar powered lights and path lighting to make your home safe and attractive.
Sprucing your home up this fall will allow you to get outside and burn some calories while making your home look the best it can be as we head toward the winter and holiday season.