Something for Autumn Saturdays
With fall having arrived in the last few weeks, there are several available cleanup projects for you to get to started on for your yard as the months get colder, not only to help your yard look great but to also to keep you and your family warm and safe. Here are a few easy projects to do before winter finally hits!
Tree Trimming and Pruning
In the winter, limbs can become weighed down with snow and ice, break off, and become a hazard to your house or car, so trimming these branches is necessary. For this project, you’ll need gloves, protective eye glasses, and a chainsaw.
You’ll want to remove branches that are six inches in diameter or larger, as these are the most dangerous. Cut halfway through the limb, then switch to the other side until it falls. Once all the branches are cut, they can be turned into mulch for your garden or firewood for your fireplace or wood stove.
This is also a good project to get done in the fall, with the leaves drifting down onto your roof and clogging the gutter drains. Failure to maintain this can cause a leaky roof. Using waterproof gloves, you can either grab bunches of leaves or cut a plastic milk jug in half (or use something similar) to help scoop larger portions. Consider buying a gutter topper to keep leaves out.
Clean Outdoor Gear
Cleaning outdoor gear like tools and the grill before winter helps maintain your belongings and give them more years of use. Cleaning your grill of grease and grime before retiring it for the winter helps keep away rust while storing it in a dry place with a cover on it to protect it from water. Remove any grime from tools and apply light coats of oil and store them in a shed or garage for safekeeping.
Make Home Energy Efficient
One of the most important projects you can start is making your home energy efficient. Applying caulk and adding more insulation keeps the electric bills from running high in the winter. Weather stripping around doors and windows can also help keep heat in the house and conserve energy. It’s important to make sure your home has enough insulation to meet the R-value in your area.
R-value indicates how well insulation resists heat transfer, and it varies by type. Insulating your attic is very important, since heat rises and is easily lost through your home’s ceiling. Covering water spigots and maintaining house pipes are also very important to prevent busts.
Feel free to check out the Hipp’s Help store for any home improvement needs or supplies for projects. We offer FREE ship to store for all of Mountain View customers. And we also offer reasonable shipping rates for the rest of our customers throughout the country.
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