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Fall Home and Yard Maintenance

Fall!

Leaf peepers agree – the colorful foliage across New England and the South Shore makes it one of our prettiest seasons. It’s also the best time of year to get a head start on next spring’s plush green lawn. So before the leaves fall, our crews are taking advantage and spending most of our time mowing, aerating, overseeding and fertilizing to make sure your grass looks its best next season.

But before we get to enjoy that beautiful spring yard, we still have to get through the winter cold and snow. Are you making the most of the fall season to prepare your entire property for
the harsh weather?  Doing this early prep work now could save you hours of aggravation and costly repairs due to winter damage.

 

HOME LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE FOR THE FALL

Here are five important items to include on your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist:

  1. Winterize your landscape, not just your grass. Prune back overgrown trees and shrubs that could fall on your house during a storm or blizzard. Cut back tree limbs that may be dangerously close to power lines.
  2. Check your gutters. You might need to do this twice during the fall, depending on the amount of trees on your property. At the very least, remove all debris from the gutters after most of the leaves have fallen.
  3. Inspect the roof. Look for any damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, holes or worn places. The sturdier the roof, the less likely heavy snowfall will cause a collapse.
  4. Examine walkways and driveways. Repair cracks, loose pavers or stones as soon as possible to prevent further damage. It’s hard enough to navigate icy, slippery walkways without having to worry about falling into a mini-pothole.
  5. Drain all outdoor faucets and have your irrigation system blown out.  It’s tempting to simply turn the water off and forget about the sprinklers.  But even a small amount of water left in the irrigation system has the potential to freeze, break pipes and valves and ultimately make a mess of your landscape.   Not to mention your basement, garage and checking account.

If you need any help crossing these tasks off your “to-do” list, please call our office or e-mail us here.  We’ll complete your fall checklist before the final leaves are on the ground!

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