Welcome fall! September is a month of transition when we start to put away our summer gear and prepare for cooler weather. It can be a busy month for home maintenance, especially if you live in a region with fall wind and rainstorms. Be sure you do your outdoor tasks before the weather gets too bad and book your professional services like chimney sweeping and roof/gutter cleaning.  In addition to professional servicing, there are easy DIY tasks you can do yourself to make sure you are getting your home ready for autumn.

In the garden there is still much to harvest: berries, tomatoes, corn, carrots, and beets make great canning or preserving projects for the fall. Many orchards offer apple picking and even early pumpkin harvesting. Some states start experiencing their first frost dates in early October – these homeowners will want to use September to begin their annual frost protection tasks.

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September maintenance tasks

  • Lay mulch for winter frost prep
  • Trim back flowering plants like lavender
  • Prune trees and shrubs near the house
  • Can or preserve garden edibles
  • Repair exterior siding as necessary
  • Prep and clean fireplace
  • Check for air leaks in attic and basement
  • Clear roof and gutters from leaves
  • Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
  • Inspect your fire extinguishers