Chore Checklist for Fall

The summer heat has subsided, so now’s the time for tending to household chores.  Start by checking the following areas:

– Garden: This is just the right season for planting perennials, trees, and shrubs.  Prune non-flowering shrubs and trim back tree limbs near your roof.

– Preparation: Prepare for winter by giving your heating system a tune-up.  Also, check caulking and weather-stripping around doors and exterior windows.  Clean out gutters and downspouts, and make sure outside water pipes are drained and protected from freezing.

– Garage: Make a clean sweep of the place.  Get rid of unused items and organize tools and equipment.  Also, remove anything that’s likely to freeze, such as paint.

– Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries if necessary.


Have a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!

Get Your Garden in Gear

Family Garden 2013

Family Garden 2013

With spring in the air, the time is right to plan your garden.  And if you don’t have a garden, maybe you should get one.  Landscaping improves the value and appearance of your home, and gardening itself is as rewarding as a home improvement project can get.  So, where do you begin?

Fertilize – Spring is the right time to take care of this important chore.  Fertilize to prolong the blooming period in outside and inside plants.

Prepare flower beds – Till the soil and remove dead plant material; and that goes for winter mulch too.

Take care of your lawn – Thick lawn growth looks great and also helps control weeds.  If it’s thinning, reseed. And get the fertilizer out.

Prune – Prune branches, evergreens and young trees; but prune spring flowering shrubs after they bloom.

Plant seeds and bulbs – Now is a good time for planting perennials, ornamental grasses and annuals.

Tend to your roses – Proper pruning encourages new growth, while feeding them now will help ensure good flowering.  Use a rose food with a systemic insecticide to control the bug problem.

Remember houseplants – If you haven’t got enough to do so far, remember to prune and fertilize your houseplants.