This article is by Home Depot

Maintaining a home means you have to tackle a lot of chores, but that to-do list doesn’t have to be intimidating — not when you take it one season at a time!

Today’s Homeowner’s Four Seasons of Home Ownership Guide breaks down home maintenance into spring, summer, fall and winter tasks to make everything manageable.


Clean gutters and downspouts

Gutters have an important job: they direct water away from the house to protect your siding, foundation and landscaping. Without them, siding can rot, basements flood, and flower beds erode.

Maintaining gutters is one of the most overlooked chores, because you have to climb a ladder and clean them. But it’s also one of the most important things you can do, because clogged or leaking gutters can lead to expensive damage.

Installing gutter guards can buy you some time between cleanings, but they’re useless if you don’t check them regularly. That’s because pine straw and leaves can become lodged in them, and smaller debris can pile up and cause big problems down the line.

To clean gutters, grab a ladder, a garden trowel, a bucket lined with a trash bag, a hose, a rag and gloves for sharp edges. Serious clogs may require a plumber’s snake.

Use the trowel to scoop leaves and debris from the gutter into the bucket.

Add the collected material to a compost pile if you have one, or dispose of it with other lawn debris.

Once you’ve cleaned the gutters, check the downspouts for clogs. To flush them out, insert a hose with a rag wrapped around it to direct water out of the downspout.

Now, wasn’t that simple?


Rake Leaves Off The Lawn

It happens every year: fall arrives and sends shade trees’ leaves fluttering to the ground.

It’s all part of Mother Nature’s plan because those fallen leaves eventually break down and provide nutrients to the trees.

But those leaves also choke out competing plants, and homeowners aren’t wild about crunchy leaves all over their driveways, lawns and gardens.

Think you’ll just wait for a storm to blow leaves into a neighbor’s yard? Well, that’s an optimistic — not realistic — way of looking at things.

The truth is, raking doesn’t just make your yard look good, it also prevents mold and diseases from developing in the grass if too many leaves accumulate.

A dual-tine rake is great for dethatching the yard, and a hand rake is perfect for clearing leaves from garden beds.

Want a simple way to move all those leaves? Just rake them onto a tarp and drag the tarp wherever you’re going to dispose of the leaves. Then, grab a snow shovel, scoop up the leaves and load them into a garbage bag.

Want to make mulch? Wear your safety glasses, grab your string trimmer and place it in the garbage can to quickly reduce the volume of those leaves.

This is perfect whether you’re taking the leaves to the landfill or creating compost!

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