So I just looked at my hubby’s “weather center”, and right now it’s 91 degrees here in Central Florida. DANG. Has that stopped me from moving wards the “Fall” mindset?! NO. I LOVE Fall, and I’m SO ready for our weather to reflect it! In that spirit was today’s post penned…errr…typed.
Whether we like it or not, autumn is fast approaching, and that means saying goodbye to the warmer sunnier months and welcoming the crisper, cooler time of year. (YES!) As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, you’ll want to start finishing up any last-minute maintenance on your home and start getting it prepped for autumn and winter. Here are some great tips on how you can get your home ready for those colder months, so you can be well-prepared waving summer off.
What Prep Do I Need to Do Inside?
There are many tasks you will need to complete inside your home in order to get it ready and prepped for the colder months. If you have a fireplace, make sure it has been cleaned out and that your chimney flute is in good working order. Along with your fireplace, if you have a furnace then you will need to get it ready for winter duty. We would recommend you have this professionally cleaned.
Just because the big celebrations have passed, doesn’t mean that there aren’t still guests on the way to your home! Sometimes it’s easier to wait until the new year to do your visiting, so you’re not limited by the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
No matter the reason for company, you’ll want to make sure that your home is ready to accommodate them. And, to make sure your guests feel right at home, there are probably some improvements you’ll want to complete before they arrive.
Roll Out the Red Carpet
Chances are you probably don’t have a red carpet you’re going to throw out to welcome your guests, but the idea is all the same. The main objective is to make your guests feel welcomed from the very moment they pull up to your house. Therefore, you want to take care of any exterior housework to get ready for their arrival. Whether that means clearing out the clutter in the garage for extra parking space, installing security lights so they can get to and from their cars, or repairing any dangers like a broken railing, or damaged staircase which can cause an accident.
One of the things I love about our new house is an already-picket-fenced-in area the previous owner used as a garden! I haven’t planted anything in it yet, but I plan on getting some good use out of it come Spring. However, in order for it to be ready for me come Spring, there’s a bit of preparation that needs to be done, am I right?
Right now, with winter coming hot – or cold – on the heels of Fall, it’s the time of year we all enjoy getting cozy inside and snuggling up by the fire. For those with green fingers, it’s time to reflect on the summer’s bounties and think about preparing your garden for the coming chill. Preparation is the key to having an easy maintenance garden over winter, and helps it to burst back into life in next spring as well.
Pulling up and bedding down
Start with your plants, digging up any annuals and adding them to the compost heap. Make sure that any bulbs are settled in ready for spring, pull out weeds, and cut back your perennials. Digging over the beds helps to aerate the soil and mix it up, and spreading a thick layer of compost or bark chips on top helps to replenish the nutrients and organic content. If you want some winter color, try adding wallflowers and pansies or some heather and cyclamen, which do equally well in easy to manage pots and hanging baskets.
Let me show you guys a picture. Just a little picture of a storm…
You see that?
That is the forecast track for the CAT 5 Hurricane Irma, as of 11:00 this morning!
And do you see where it says Tampa down there in good ol’ Florida? Yeah. We live in a suburb of Tampa, so if you look REALLY close, you might see me waving…
In short, we appreciate any prayers you feel led to send towards us as this imposing storm heads our way! There is still time for things to change and the track to shift, however, we are BIG on being prepared around here, NOT waiting until the last minute, so we are ready for whatever Irma has for us. We are Florida natives, we know the drill, we’ve lived through this stuff before and we are ready…but we are also feeling pretty cautious…because this is a HUGE storm, folks. We’re talking breaking records HUGE. As of now, we are planning on riding it out. Our home is strong and in excellent repair. Concrete block, double-pane windows, and not covered with trees that could take out the roof. However, as we monitor the path of the storm, we may decide to evacuate. We have places to go, and babies and animals to care for.
I love Spring! Well, other than the incredibly high pollen count that sends my allergies into a frenzy, that is.
This year I’m still a bit preoccupied with two tiny humans, so I won’t be doing a Spring Garden, but when Morgan from Craig Manor sent over this infographic, it was almost enough to make me reconsider! I think by the time I have everything ready it would probably be Summer, which isn’t at all helpful!
All the same, I figured I’d share it with all of you! I’ll just have to follow it myself next year!