2. Grass roots continue to grow until the ground temperature gets down to about 40°, so keep feeding! Applying a high phosphorous mix now will ensure a greener lawn in the Spring.
3. One of the most important but often neglected projects is to remove and drain the garden hoses. Install insulating covers over the spigots to prevent freezing, saving yourself from the immense hassle of a burst pipe!
4. Check over all exterior doors, including garage doors, to ensure a tight seal. Install weather strips if needed to keep out the breeze and lower your heating bill.
5. Mend any sidewalk, walkway and driveway cracks now before the cold weather hits and they split completely. Also consider what may be in the path of the snow thrower or plow when the deep snow hits.
6. Clear all gutters and downspouts. A frozen pile of leaves can cause a lot of damage!
7. Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned, if necessary. And while you're looking up, check your roof for any loose shingles or leaky vents.
2. While you're in prep mode, you might as well take the time to check the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors.
3. Since it's getting a little chillier and the outside wants to come in to warm up, regularly check your dryer exhaust tube to make sure there are no birds' nests. You may think it's funny, but it's happened before!
4. Drain sediment from the hot water heater. There's no reason for it to work harder than you need it to.