Well it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again.
Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing.
Well it’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again and many of us are saying finally. The leaves are turning colors and the temperatures are starting to drop. It’s time to start thinking about what kind of fall maintenance needs to be done before winter weather arrives. With these cooler temperatures, it makes for the best time to take care of any outside maintenance that needs to be done before the really cold weather arrives. For example, mowing the lawn for the last time this season. Your lawn should be approximately 2 to 2 ½ inches by wintertime. This is considered to be the right height so that it will not be stressed during the cold winter months. This height will also ensure that your lawn will not be affected by snow mold. Snow mold is a type of fungus or turf disease that can damage or kill grass after the snow melts. It is also a known allergen that can trigger allergies and asthma. Along with mowing the lawn, it is important to make sure that you clean out your gutters once all of the leaves around your property have fallen. Leaving these leaves and other debris within the gutters can cause them to become clogged which can lead to leaky roofs or water damage to the exterior or interior of your property. Since the weather is nice, now is a good time to make a list of all the things that need to be done and get prepared for winter. Below are some things that you may want to add to your list:
- Aerate the soil
- Fertilize the lawn
- Check for foundation cracks
- Inspect exterior walls for peeling paint
- Inspect the roof for loose shingles
- Inspect driveways for cracks
- Install storm windows
- Disconnect hoses from outdoor water valves to prevent freezing pipes
- Clean basement window wells
- Winterize sprinkler systems
- Snow Removal Plans
- Ice Melt or Salt Needs
- Firewood Needs
If you need help finding a licensed maintenance company to maintain your properties, feel free to contact SafeSourcing. If it’s Snow Removal, Firewood or Ice Melt, we know the providers that you may not. We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which company meets your needs. If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative. We have an entire team ready to assist you today.