It’s crazy to think that Summer is officially over. While that may bring a bit of sadness to some, others are eager to jump right into the cooler weather. The question at hand though; Is your home ready for Fall?

Cooler weather typically creeps up on us leaving little time to prep. While the kids are back at school and the days are shorter, it’s time to prepare your home for Fall. I know we’re all crying a bit inside because the dog days of summer are behind us, but personally- I LOVE the Fall!

Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your lawn for the cooler weather.

Fertilize Your Lawn
According to the experts at This Old House, they recommend doing this in the Fall, before the ground gets too cold, to ensure that your lawn will be in top-notch shape come the Spring. The first thing to understand about fertilizer is the formula, which is represented by three numbers, such as the common 5-10-5. The first number represents nitrogen, which promotes lawn blade and foliage growth; the second number stands for phosphorus, which helps root growth; and the third for potassium, which promotes cell function and absorption of trace elements.

Why is September the best time to fertilize? The answer is simple; Your grass is recovering from a long, hot summer, and may be coming out of a drought-induced dormancy, so you’ll want to give your lawn a shot of nitrogen to push blade growth.

 Service Your HVAC
You definitely want to make sure this is complete and ready to go before Winter creeps up on us. The last thing you want is to be stuck in November with a very chilly night and no heat. It also makes sense to have your AC cleaned out as well. This way, it’s ready to go for Spring/Summer.

 Drain & Store Your Lawn Equipment
You know you won’t be using it as much now that the weather is cooling down. Once it’s not being used, the unused gas will go through chemical changes and that is not ideal for the machine. So once you’ve given your lawn the final once-over, it makes sense to drain everything and store it in an area where it will not get wet.

Clean Your Gutters
Let’s face it, you haven’t done this all summer. Why would you when you’re spending your time at the beach! However, the Fall season is known for hurricanes and other tropical storms. This may not be everyone’s favorite chore, but it will save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary flood damage.

Get Your Snowblower Ready
I know so many of you just cringed at the thought of snow, and whether we like it or not, the Winter is coming! It’s best to be prepared now that way you aren’t stuck last minute. Obviously, this isn’t the main priority for those who live in an area that typically doesn’t get a lot of snow, but we on the East Coast know all about it. It’s smart to stock up on supplies in the Autumn while the stores have plenty in stock and while prices are low.