- Lawn Mower - depending on where you live, your grass may have already stopped growing. If that is the case then you need to make one more cut as described in my blog "What You Need to Know About Fall and Your Lawn." Then you need to store your lawn mower for the winter. Clean the bottom side of the mower deck to remove clumped grass. If you store your mower with gas in it, add a fuel stabilizer. This will keep the gas from breaking down. Or you can run the mower dry and put a cap full of engine oil into the spark plug hole, pull the cord a couple times to distribute and put it away.
- Water Hoses - if you live in a climate where you get freezing temperatures for long periods, like more than an hour, you may need to remove your hoses from the wall and turn off the any water valves that supply water to the outside faucets. Drain the hoses and store in a garage or shed.
- Sprinkler System - Almost everywhere there comes a time when you need to shut down your sprinkler system for the winter. Turn off you auto controller for the system. Turn off your main water valve. Open the drain plugs on the pump to drain any water from the system. Then take off your sprinkler heads and shake loose any water and replace them. Drain all the water from the system ensures you won't have any busted pipes or pump damage come spring. Just remember to prime your pump in the spring, if needed.
- Doors and Windows - go to your local home improvement store or hardware store and buy some caulking. Then seal around all your doors and windows. Sealing off cracks will save on your energy bills. Also seal where needed around any pipes that go into your home from the outside. Do this on a day when the weather is still warm so the caulk will flow.
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