Fall Outdoor To Do List

Heather says:

Fall is just around the corner. –Try telling that to the marketing people in my inbox, they keep sending emails that say, “Fall is officially here.” Um no, not until next week, try again.– That said, in most areas of the country the triple digit days are over and it’s time to head outside and check things out.

Over the next few weekends while the weather isn’t deadly hot:

  • Take a slow, careful walk around the perimeter of your home. Look for cracks and holes, pests consider these neon vacancy signs*.
  • While you are walking, look up at the gutters and down at the downspouts, do either of these need attention?
  • Check the caulking around windows. Expansion during the heat of the summer may have caused cracks. Re-caulk if needed.
  • Wash the windows. If they are really grimy, check out Window Washing 201.
  • Clean patio furniture for storage -well around our house, the fall is when we actually use our patio furniture so we clean it for use.
  • Check the propane tank, do you need more for grilling? Autumn is my favorite time to cook out-of-doors, it’s nice to not return to the house a melted puddle.
  • If you have a deck or patio, clean it. Use oxygen bleach on wood decks. After the the deck has dried, sprinkle a few drops of water on it, if the water doesn’t bead up, it’s time to reseal. Yes. Again. Don’t wait too long after cleaning to seal or you’ll need to clean it again before sealing. In most areas the fall is better than the spring for this project as it’s often a drier time of year.
  • Take a good look at your entry way. Is it inviting or are the hanging baskets wilted and scary. Have spiders and wasps taken over your porch? Give the front door & windows a wash, too.
  • If you live in an area that gets cold, roll up and store the garden hoses. Cover the spigots, and if you have a sprinkler system make sure the water is blown out to prevent pipe ruptures.

*A note to renters, in many cases your landlord takes care of many of these tasks. However, being aware of and alerting your landlord to potential problems (such as cracks or holes pests may use) can minimize the inconvenience of the situation for both of you.

Ok Home Eccers, what would you add to the list?


  1. Soren on December 29, 2013 at 12:01 am

    If you keep your tools in a shed or garage you may want too protect any metal tools you wont be using until spring by spraying them with a light coating of oil such as wd-40. Oil keeps water and salt off your tools and thus makes sure they are sharp and rust free when you need them in the spring.

  2. Ryan on February 12, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Great idea- I myself need to make a seriously to-do list!

  3. Lucy on September 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Also a good time to prepare any winter-only equipment for use. You know, snowblower, snowshovels, etc. if you live in that sort of climate. One of my big things is to make sure nothing is lurking in the grass or otherwise in a place that will cause a problem with snow removal. Last year my snowblower guy backed into a pile of firewood that wasn't there the year before. Amazing what will go through one of those big (8' wide) snowblowers!

  4. cleanstar on September 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Sounds very good, except look at trees and see if any of them need branches cut, before those who lives where it snows and ices, this should be important. Also trimming the trees away from the chimneys is also important. I've already done that part this year, but we don't get snow or ice here.

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