November 15, 2023
As the warm days of summer fade away, it’s time to embrace the cozy comforts of fall and prepare for the rainy and cold winter months ahead. This blog will guide you through a few steps to ensure your home is ready to weather the upcoming season. We’ve got you covered, from outdoor maintenance to interior care and community collaboration!
Fall is an ideal time to boost your lawn’s health. Start by choosing a high-quality, slow-release fertilizer suitable for your grass type. Applying fertilizer in the fall will help strengthen your roots, making it more resilient to winter conditions. Before winter sets in, mow your grass slightly shorter than usual, but avoid scalping it. Trimming it to around two inches will help prevent diseases and matting. Be sure to remove leaves, twigs, and debris, as wet leaves can smother your grass and create ideal conditions for mold.
Clogged gutters are a disaster waiting to happen. They’re like a blocked highway for rainwater and trust us, you don’t want that water finding its way into your cozy abode! Cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring, is essential for proper water drainage. While cleaning your gutters, take the opportunity to inspect them.
If your home has a fireplace, give it some love before lighting it up. Remember to make sure your fireplace damper is doing its job! You want to keep the cold air outside where it belongs.
Winter can mean unexpected surprises. Update your emergency kit and make sure to stock it with:
A First-Aid Kit
Preventing pests from seeking shelter indoors is crucial during the colder months. Seal any cracks or gaps in your home’s exterior, as these can be entry points for pests like rodents and insects. Keep your home clean and free of food crumbs, which attract unwanted guests. Consider hiring a pest control professional to inspect your home for potential vulnerabilities and to provide targeted treatments.
With the arrival of the El Niño season and the anticipated increase in rainfall, it’s crucial for River Islands residents to ensure their homes are well-prepared to weather the storms. In addition to the above maintenance, there are a few important additions to prepare your home. Trim trees and shrubs to prevent them from falling onto your roof during heavy winds. Avoid overwatering your garden to prevent soil erosion.
One of the perks of living in River Islands is the proximity of our Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department and the Lathrop Police Services. Both are located within our community for your peace of mind. Additionally, if you have any questions about what is allowed or needed for your River Islands home, visit MyRiverIslands.com.
Stay safe and enjoy the beauty of the upcoming winter season in your well-prepared homes!