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Easy end-of-summer maintenance tips
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Easy end-of-summer maintenance tips

The air is getting crisp, the humidity has fallen and it’s definitely feeling like good tailgating weather, but we’ve got a few end-of-summer chores before we can dive into fall and football. Here’s our list of things to do as summer comes to a close.

Clean out all of your air filters, and keep in mind that some of them will likely need to be replaced. Clean off the exterior of your AC unit by holding your water hose above it and spraying downward to move dirt and debris away from the unit, not into it. Also, give your vents and stove vents a good clean for good measure.

Despite heading into fall and winter, now is the time to get your lawn into shape. If you have dead spots, plant your grass seed now. Apply a weed and feed that is made for the fall (but do not apply it to recently-grown grass!).

Around November will be the time to move plants and small trees. This avoids any shock to the plant that could cause it to die. If you are moving a plant, be sure to dig several inches beyond the rootball.

If your gutters are easily accessible and you can do it safely, by all means, tackle cleaning them yourself. Otherwise, pay someone else to do it. This one can be pretty dangerous so we figure we’ll sit back and relax while the pros get it done in half the time. Also check to make sure all of your gutter connections are still in tact.

It won’t be long now before it’s time to light up that fireplace, but before you start using yours again, clean it out and have someone come service it. Creosote builds up in chimneys and can cause house fires.

Check around the exterior of your home. Look at the soffit, trim, siding and window seals and be sure they are in tact. Any issues with these can allow moisture to build up which leads to mold, which never has a happy ending.

Before winter, remove your garden hoses and drain all of the water from the hose. Bring them inside to keep them from freezing and bursting.

If your driveway has any new cracks in it, consider sealing them to keep them from freezing and further deteriorating throughout the winter.

Well, that’s what we have so far. If you have any more tips, please share!

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