Summer is a great time for many outdoor projects and activities. As the weather turns cooler, complete these end-of-summer tasks to prep your home for fall.

Remove Dead and Dying Trees

One of the end-of-summer tasks you should do is to inspect any trees you have on your property for signs that they are dead or dying. Key indicators are trunks that are rotting, bark that is falling off, unseasonal lack of foliage, and leaning. Dead trees will cause a lot of problems during inclement weather, and if they fall may cause serious property damage, injury, or death. If you find any suspect trees, call a professional to remove them.

Aerate and Fertilize Your Lawn as Some End-of-Summer Tasks

Aerating your lawn is the process by which tiny divots are cut into the topsoil to allow for a better transferral of oxygen, water, and nutrients. It’s recommended to do this when the weather gets dry to maximize the amount of moisture that enters the soil. Fertilizing your lawn before the fall will give it one last boost and keep it looking great up through the fall season.

Clean Your Deck or Patio

Summertime is perfect for hosting parties or family get-togethers on your deck or patio where everyone can enjoy the weather. When the season is close to ending, clean the space and make it ready for next year. Power wash your deck to remove any built-up grime that might have accumulated. If you have any outdoor furniture, put them in storage or place covers over the items to protect them. If you have a gas grill, disconnect and store the propane tank unless you plan on grilling in the fall.

Change Air Filters and Inspector the HVAC Unit are Important End-of-Summer Tasks

Prepare your HVAC unit and heating ducts for fall. Change out your air filters and inspect your ductwork for damage or visible leaks. Any leaks should be repaired immediately. Hire a licensed professional to inspect your HVAC unit to make sure it is in good working order. If there are problems, you will be able to get the unit fixed or replaced before the weather starts to turn cold.

Drain Outdoor Spigots and Hoses

Water stored in pipes and hoses will expand during freezing temperatures and burst. This is why it’s important to drain any water from outdoor spigots and hoses. It’s very simple to accomplish but can easily be forgotten. Save yourself time, money, and a lot of clean-up by draining unused water that can freeze.

Recaulk Doors and Windows

Inspect the sealing of your doors and windows and look for any damage or gaps that could allow drafts to enter your home. Cold drafts make your HVAC unit work harder and increase your heating bills. Simply adding caulk to the seals will keep cold air out and warm air in.

End-of-summer tasks are easy to do, yet very important. You want to protect your home from the cold weather elements, and the end of summer is a great time to start these tasks. Follow these tips to make your home ready for fall.

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