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The fall yard checklist

October 2, 2015

From replacing seals to changing filters, fall brings many necessary maintenance tasks for a homeowner. However, these seasonal chores aren't limited to the interior of the home. Your yard needs just as much attention as your house when the weather starts to change. 

With fall in full swing, now is the time to take care of your yard before the cold of winter. 

Stock up on supplies
The changing of the seasons means that your yard is going to require different tools for proper care. Take an opportunity early in the season to check all of your supplies to make sure that you have everything you need and that all your equipment is in working order. Be sure that your rakes haven't rusted over while not being used and that your leaf blower is functioning properly. 

You should also invest in plenty of mulch to make sure you're able to address any bald or dead spots as they happen. 

Prepare your lawn
Make sure your lawn is ready for afternoon football games and other fun fall activities by putting in some seasonal maintenance. Popular Mechanics magazine reported that it's important to continue to water and mow your lawn in the fall, even though it may not need as much water as during the summer. This is also the perfect time to aerate your soil. Either rent a self-propelled machine or hire a landscaper to do the job. Aeration will allow fertilizer, water and oxygen to reach the roots of the grass more easily. 

Additionally, Better Homes and Gardens magazine suggested taking time in the early fall to touch up any bald spots. Reseed thinning or dead patches so that they'll have plenty of time to set before hot weather arrives. Use plenty of mulch or fertilizer to encourage growth. 

Get started on the leaves 
While it may be tempting to put off raking your leaves until a good amount have fallen from your trees, Popular Mechanics recommended starting right away. Even a small amount of leave cover can prevent sunlight from reaching your lawn, causing unsightly brown spots in the grass. And waiting can give the leaves a chance to gather morning dew and other liquids, forming clumps that will be more difficult to remove.  


THE INFORMATION IN THESE ARTICLES IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON THE PROPER MAINTENANCE AND CARE OF SYSTEMS AND APPLIANCES IN THE HOME. NOT ALL OF THE TOPICS MENTIONED ARE COVERED BY OUR HOME WARRANTY OR MAINTENANCE PLANS. PLEASE REVIEW YOUR HOME WARRANTY CONTRACT CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR COVERAGE. 
 
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