If you’ve ever heard the term “every season has its reason,” then you know when it comes to home and lawn maintenance, seasonal preparation is important. Spring is for planting and cleaning, summer is where you get to enjoy the fruits of your spring labor, and then there’s fall. As the cool weather starts rolling in it’s time to start getting our homes, inside and out, ready for cooler months. For those who are environmentally conscious, consider using some of these eco-friendly ideas to keep in mind before starting your to-do list.
Probably one of the most colorful seasons around, and as the name implies, the jewel-toned leaves decorate our lawns as they fall upon the ground. Homeowners naturally want to keep the leaves at bay and their lawns manicured, but many would be surprised to know that leaves and yard waste account for a large amount of landfill bulk according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Opt to rake your leaves, or another method of manual labor, which is better for the environment instead of using a gas-powered tool. Can’t quite get those leaves under control? Leaving some on the ground is a great way to treat any pesky weeds that have started growing. The leaves will act as insulation which promotes growth and suffocates weeds. Another option would be to consider mulching the leaves to add natural nutrients to your lawn for the next year, this method also works great with pine needles.
While we’re talking about lawn care, resist the urge to clear out your flower and garden beds as the older foliage provides food to the birds and animals in the winter. Older foliage also acts as insulation for any roots that have grown over time. On the other hand, don’t forget to grab the rest of your summer harvest from your garden to enjoy over the winter instead of letting them go to waste.
Fall is the perfect time to have your furnace serviced, or if you’re in the market for a new one, replaced. Furnace units that are older have to work harder thus making them not as efficient as they once were. Not only will it cost you more on your utilities, the repairs could be costly if you wait until later in the winter season. Before you start to turn up your heat, consider changing out your bedding to thicker blankets and dressing in more layers.
To help keep your home toasty in the winter, don’t forget to check your roof, windows, and doors for any cracks and damage that will need repairs. It will be easier to fix them in the fall before the inclement weather arrives. Another popular option to help insulate your home and keep it cozy is to replace your attic’s blow-in insulation with spray foam. Much like wearing a toboggan in the winter, adding spray foam keeps the heat inside your home where it belongs as opposed to it escaping through the roof. Keeping temperatures consistent in your home also won’t require your furnace to work more than it needs to, which will also use less energy.
Making small changes in how we approach the impending cooler months not only benefits us as consumers but also helps to protect our environment. Working with the changes in nature as opposed to trying to control them, could prove to be more beneficial in the long run. Instead of spending time removing leaves, take time to enjoy the wonder of fall with the ones you love, in a home you love. Browse thousands of listings on Homes.com to find your forever home and use our step-by-step guides to walk you through the entire process of buying, selling, or renting.