Summer is over; autumn is coming. So it’s time to put away the pool noodles and rubber hoses, and while you’re at it, do some general outdoor maintenance and tidying up.
1. Store Seasonal Outdoor Toys
Clean all toys – sprinklers, pool toys, shovels, pails – before storing them away to help prevent mold and mildew. Get some shelves and install them in your garage to take advantage of the space. Put all the seasonal toys in one area, so once spring rolls around it will be much quicker to pull out all the warm-weather toys.
2. Pack and Store Patio Furniture and Accessories
Make sure to clean all patio furniture well (including cushions) before storing it. Mr. Clean has a lot of great options that work on a lot of different surfaces.
If you can’t store all the patio furniture in a garage or shed, at least bring any patio cushions indoors and use covers for the furniture frames.
- Pull as many items as you can out into the driveway and give the garage floor a good cleaning
- Organize equipment and other stored items as you put them back, making sure to get rid of any items that you no longer want or use
- Store away summer sports equipment and get your winter gear front and center
4. Check Your Deck
When’s the last time you cleaned and resealed your deck? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So clean it and apply a sealant or new coat of exterior paint to your wood deck for added protection against the rain and snow.
5. Check the Roof
From the ground, visually inspect your roof for signs of damage like loose or missing shingles. Have this checked by a professional if you see anything concerning.
6. Weatherproof Your Doors
Check the weather stripping around the doors, making sure you can’t see any daylight when looking through the door from the inside.
Tip: Don’t forget about the windows! Check the areas around them for gaps and cracks, and apply caulk as needed.
7. Prepare Outdoor Faucets
Disconnect garden hoses and drain any water that still remains in the faucet. Water in pipes can freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst. Install insulating covers to outdoor faucets if you live in a colder climate.
8. Prepare and Store Yard and Garden Equipment
After the last use of the season, give all equipment a good wipe using a damp cloth or scrubbing pad as needed. Make sure they’re thoroughly dried to prevent rusting.
- Keep tools as far away as possible from wetness or moisture, or cover with a tarp
- Safely remove any unused gasoline from the lawn mower
9. Check the Gutters
Clean the drainpipe and gutters of leaves and other debris to prevent clogging. If drains are not cleaned adequately, water can back up against the house and lead to leaks, or damage roofing, siding and wood trim.
10. Don’t Forget about the Grill
Give your grill a thorough cleaning before covering and storing it for the winter. Be sure to scrape down grates, wipe down knobs and clean the inside of the lid, too.
11. Tackle the Landscaping
Keep plants healthy by trimming and disposing of broken branches or dead growth from your yard or garden. Sweep away the dirt and leaves from the walkway, front steps, patio or other outdoor areas for a clean and finished look.
While it might seem like a lot to do, we promise: Finishing all these tasks up early will allow you to rest easy knowing that everything is properly stored and will last through the winter. Plus, you’ll be able to kick back and relax once autumn is in full swing.