Prepping Your Home for Fall Weather

Pack jumper cables, a warm blanket, car shovels and an ice scraper to prep your car for fall weather

Once summer mornings get chilly, it may be time to start thinking about fall weather. Here are a few things to do outside, inside and in the garage to make sure you’re not caught off guard and left in the cold—literally.


  • Swap out summer flowers in your planters for cold weather seasonals like mums, ornamental kale, grasses, pansies and rudbeckia. 
  • In the garden, pull up annuals and cut back perennials – mulch around these with raked up leaves. 
  • Clean your gutters, and then reward yourself with dessert for checking that chore off the list! 
  • Have the neighborhood kids rake leaves and surprise them with pumpkin leaf bags to decorate the lawn or little ghost bags to hang from the trees. 
  • Store patio furniture.


  • Take sweaters and wool blankets from storage. 
  • Buy lavender sachets or cedar balls to prevent moths from moving into your closets and drawers. 
  • Replace screens with storm windows/doors. 
  • Store air conditioner. 
  • Buy winter essentials (heated blankets, space heaters and shovels) now to beat the rush and prevent being left out of a shortage come cold-weather. 
  • Check for and remedy drafts near windows/doors.


  • Rearrange so your winter tools are more accessible. 
  • Think ahead—even though it might be painful—to ice and sleet. Get a bag or two of salt and kitty litter to keep just in case of an early storm. 
  • Put jumper cables, a warm blanket, car shovels and ice scrapers in each vehicle. Remove liquids that may freeze. 
  • Neatly hang drained hoses.