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IT'S TIME TO WINTERIZE YOUR HOME

October 2, 2013

It's hard to think about cold temperature weather when we are still in the 100s in Texas, but now is the time to prepare for a frosty winter.  Take a weekend and knock out this to do list. You will be glad you did!
  • Caulk Doors and Windows - this is a great way to prevent the cold air from coming in. Take a look around and plug any cracks. If your old caulk is pulling away, clean and replace it.
  • Check weather-stripping at doors - replace if necessary.
  • Clean the Gutters - After the leaves have fallen, take time to the clean out the gutters. Make sure there is no muck in there.
  • Tidy the Deck - sweep off leaves, dirt, etc. Repair any cracks in the concrete and tighten any screws on a wood deck.
  • Winterize your faucets - un-hook the hoses, drain water, store inside. Put covers on your faucet.
  • Fall is the perfect time to plant trees.  Trim your existing ones too.   
  • Cut back perennials.
  • Remove dead plants.
  • Take a photo of your plant beds so next year you can remember what is coming back.
  • Make your planting plan and get ready to plant bulbs (in Texas we do this in November/December).
  • Pick your herbs and dry them for winter use.
  • Fertilize grass.

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