Fall is officially here in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle! Soon enough, the temperatures will begin to cool, the leaves will begin to fall and we will all begin to embrace the coziness of the season. But there are just a few more tasks to check off of the to-do list before we can dive head first into the months ahead— including preparing the exterior of your Jefferson or Berkeley County home for the change in weather.
If you haven't yet, it's time to get out a notepad and jot down the following tasks to complete yet this month or in early October:
Tend to the gutters
Cleaning your gutters should be completed in both the spring and fall to ensure there are no issues with drainage around your Eastern Panhandle home. Clogged gutters can cause problems like water damage to walls, rodent infestations and if left long enough, leakage through your foundation and flooding in your basement. After you've cleaned your gutters, you can run water with a hose through them to ensure there are no blockages and even consider adding waterproof mesh over them to keep leaves away.
Protect your plants
With colder weather, certain plants like newly-planted trees and roses will need to be covered in order to be kept alive. You can wrap or cover your plants with burlap or other breathable material when fall temperatures arrive and remove the material when the weather warms again.
Shred leaves with a mower
You may be tempted to rake and pull every last weed in your yard, but think twice! Landscaping experts now suggest that fallen leaves should be kept on your lawn and shredded with a mower. These will decompose and feed your lawn all winter long and well into spring! You should also consider leaving dried plant stems in your Jefferson or Berkeley County yard as pollinating insects like bees can settle into them for winter and emerge to do their work again in spring.
Swap out your screen door
Fall winds and cooler weather can wreak havoc on a lightweight screen door— even frequent rains can cause the metal on the door to rust. Now is the time to swap it out for a heavy-duty model. If you wish to keep the old screen door, be sure to clean the screen and store it in a dry place for the winter.
Are you preparing your Eastern Panhandle home for fall in order to sell? Let the Kable Team help walk you through the steps to home sale success in Martinsburg, Charles Town, Hedgesville, Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, Ranson, Inwood and Falling Waters. Give us a call today!
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