Yard work is drudgery for many of us – but after the long, hot summer we had in the upper midwest, getting outside to enjoy the fall weather doesn’t seem so bad!
Truthfully, fall is my favorite season so I need no excuse to spend time outdoors. But if you need a reason inspring you to spend time outside over the next few weeks, here is a list of fall yard work and home improvement tasks that will save you time during the winter and spring. Look forward a few months, consider the troubles you can avert, and let that be your inspiration!
List of Fall Cleanup Tasks:
- Clean your gutters and downspouts – Prevent ice dams this winter and water problems next spring.
- Seal up any drafty doors or windows – easier to do this now than during the freezing cold.
- Find and repair any driveway or sidewalk cracks that will inhibit snow removal during the winter.
- Trim back tree growth that will cause low-hanging problems when weighted with snow.
- Trim back shrubs and flower beds that will catch unnecessary snow on your driveway/sidewalk this winter.
- Keep up with branch clean-up from fall storms – Decrease your spring yard cleaning time.
- Rake leaves – Prevent them from becoming a matted mess that will delay your lawn next spring.
- “Winterize” your garden – remove dead growth, mulch it with leaves as fertilizer for spring.
- Plant bulbs and other plants for spring growth (tulips, anyone?)
- Mow your lawn, but not too short! It will need all of the photosynthesis it can get during fall.
- Fertilize your lawn with a seasonal fertilizer.
- Drain and store your garden hose(s).
- Winterize your lawnmower and other motorized yard equipment.
- Organize your garage so your snow-removal equipment is easily accessible.
- Cover your outdoor AC unit to prevent ice buildup from distorting the fan blades.
This is admittedly a pretty quick list. What other fall cleanup suggestions do you have for fall? Let me know what I missed in the comments below!
Bonus thought question – You can save a trip up to the roof if you combine your final gutter-cleaning with the stringing of Christmas lights. How early is too early to hang lights?
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