Nov 24


West Hartford, CT 061103 beds, 2 baths, $169,900



  • Listing Information:

    • West Hartford
    • CT
    • 06110
    • W Hartford
    • Hartford
    • $169,900
    • G10005191
    • Single Family
    • Resale/New
    • Active
  • Property Information:

    • Cape Cod
    • 3
    • 2
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1954
    • 1264
    • 0.1700
    • Full Basement, Unfinished
    • Detached
    • 5064
    • Central Air
    • Hot Air
    • Vinyl Siding
    • Gutters, Paved Drive
    • No
    • Auto Garage Door Opener, Cable – Available, Fireplace, Internet – Available
    • Dishwasher, Hood, Microwave, Oven/Range, Refrigerator, Washer
    • Public Water Connected; Public Sewer Connected;
    • Level Topography, Neighborhood
  • Listing School Information:

    • Sedgwick
    • Wolcott
    • Conard
    • Keller Williams Realty

Nov 18


West Hartford, CT 061073 beds, 2 baths, $329,900

  • Listing Information:

    • West Hartford
    • CT
    • 06107
    • W Hartford
    • Hartford
    • $329,900
    • G701271
    • Single Family
    • Resale/New
    • Active
  • Property Information:

    • Colonial
    • 3
    • 2
    • 2
    • 1940
    • 1806
    • 0.2300
    • Full Basement, Partially Finished
    • Attached
    • 7377
    • Individual Unit(s)
    • Baseboard,Radiator
    • Aluminum
    • Fence, Fenced Area, Fenced Yard, Stone Wall
    • No
    • Cable – Available
    • Dishwasher, Disposal, Dryer, Hood, Microwave, Oven/Range, Refrigerator, Washer
    • Public Water Connected; Public Sewer Connected;
    • Level Topography, Neighborhood
  • Listing School Information:

    • Sedgwick
    • Webster Hill
    • Conard
    • Keller Williams Realty

Nov 06


15 WEST PINE WAY #9 Plainville, CT 06062

3 beds, 2.1 baths, $279,900



  • Listing Information:

    • 15 WEST PINE WAY #9
    • Plainville
    • CT
    • 06062
    • Plainville
    • Hartford
    • $279,900
    • G700212
    • Condo/Townhouse/Co-Op
    • Resale/New
    • Pine Meadow
    • New
  • Property Information:

    • Townhouse
    • 3
    • 2.1
    • 2006
    • 2067
    • Full Basement
    • Attached
    • Assigned
    • 5721
    • Central Air
    • Heat: Warm Air; Water Heater: Natur
    • No
    • 2.0
    • Deck
    • No
    • Slider, Foyer
    • Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Disposal, Hood, Oven/Range, Refrigerator
    • Public Water Connected; Public Sewer Connected;
    • 257
    • Grounds Maintenance, Association Insurance, Management, Snow Removal
  • Listing School Information:

    • Wheeler
    • Plainville
    • Keller Williams Realty

Oct 17

West Hartford Leaf Bag Collection Service Begins Oct. 20

The 10-week program will run through Dec. 26.

West Hartford Leaf Bag Collection Service Begins Oct. 20

From the Public Works Department:

The Town of West Hartford’s leaf bag collection service begins on Monday, Oct. 20 and will continue for 10 weeks until Dec. 26, 2014.

Only 30-gallon, biodegradable leaf bags will be collected; no plastic bags. Leaf bags should be free of grass, twigs, rocks and trash, and should not weigh more than 60 lbs. There is no limit to the number of bags a resident can place at the curb. Simply place your leaf bags at the curb by 6:00 AM on your trash collection day, or sooner, and a truck will come by to pick them up. Crews will advance into other collection areas once they have completed their day’s assignment and may pick-up your bags before your trash day.

Leaf bags are commonly found at hardware and grocery stores. For a listing of leaf bag suppliers, go to the Department of Public Works web

Public Works offers a residential leaf voucher disposal program free of charge to eligible residents. The voucher program is available during the leaf collection season which runs from October 20, 2014 through December 26, 2014. Vouchers allow your contractor to dump leaves, generated from your residential property only, free of charge. Residents may use as many vouchers as needed during the 10-week collection period to dispose of their leaves. The leaf voucher guidelines and documents are found on the Public Works web site,

There are other options to bagging leaves. Consider mulching your leaves with your mower. Make a couple of passes over your lawn until leaves are ground down into a fine leaf mulch. The end product is a good source of nitrogen for spring growth. Leaf compost also enriches the soil in gardens and flower beds.

If you don’t want to wait for the weekly pick up, residents may bring their bagged leaves to the Recycling Center at 25 Brixton Street and dispose of them there. Leaves in plastic bags will need to be emptied in the appropriate area. The Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and on Saturday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. An annual fee base permit is required and may be obtained from the Department of Public Works.

Please note leaf bags and leaf piles cannot be placed in the street because they pose a hazard to traffic, clog storm drains and impede snow plowing operations. The Town’s Compliance Officer routinely monitors collection areas and will issue written warnings and then a fine for each day that the leaves remain in the street.

In 2009, the Town of West Hartford went to a leaf bag collection program. Since then, the Town has saved annually about $800,000 in expenses that were incurred with the leaf vacuum program.

In addition, there are many other benefits to the residents and the Town. First, West Hartford residents can rake and bag at their own pace. Residents will never have to worry about missing their opportunity for leaf pick-up because the service extends the entire leaf season. Weather is also no longer an issue with a leaf bag collection. Bags can get collected in rain or snow. Equally important, bagged leaves stay put. No more leaf piles in the street causing hazardous driving conditions, narrowing of the roads, and clogging catch basins. Leaves will not blow into your neighbor’s yard or back onto yours. Lastly, from an environmental standpoint, leaf vacuum machines are heavy energy users and polluters. With less of these types of vehicles on the road, we all benefit from cleaner air.

For more information on the 2014 Leaf Collection program, call the Department of Public Works at 561-8100 or You may also call the Leaf Collection hotline at 860-561-7954 for daily updates or turn on West HartfordCommunity Television, Comcast channel 5 or go to their website

Oct 14

10 Tips for the October Gardener

10 Tips for the October Gardener

1. Prepare houseplants to come inside before the first frost. Scout for insects and rinse foliage and containers.

2. Pot up tulips, hyacinths and other pre-chilled bulbs and store in a cool, dark place until ready to force. To begin pre-bloom dormancy for amaryllis, stop watering it and place in a cool, dark place.

3. Pot up some chives and oregano to bring indoors and use all winter long. In areas not hit by frost, there is still time to harvest and dry oregano leaves.

4. Plant bulbs: shallots and garlic for culinary use, flowering bulbs for beauty.

5. Beets, parsnips, and carrots can be covered with a thick layer of straw or leaves and left in the ground for harvest, as needed, during the winter. Pumpkins and winter squash should have hard rinds before being picked and stored.

6. Renovate the lawn by thatching or aerating if needed. Keep any areas seeded in September well watered.

7. Replace spent annuals with frost tolerant hardy mums, asters, pansies or kale.

8. Remove plant debris from the flower and vegetable gardens. Bag any diseased plant parts and put it in the trash or take it to a landfill but do not compost.

9. Avoid the spring rush and have your soil tested now by the UConn Soil Nutrient Analysis Laboratory

10. Continue mowing the lawn until turf growth stops.

For more information, please visit the UConn Home and Garden Education Center, or call 877-486-6271.

Oct 10

This Weekend in Connecticut: October 10-13, 2014 – Connecticut’s Cookin’

Connecticut’s Cookin’

Connecticut is cooking up a whole lot of fun during Columbus Day weekend. Sample from more than 150 brews at the 38th Brewfest at the Beach, Ocean Beach Park, New London (Friday). Celebrate the bastions of culinary creativity at the Garlic & Harvest Festival, a must for the garlic lover, at the Bethlehem fairgrounds (Saturday-Sunday). Work off your seasonal indulgences by running or supporting the runners at the NU Marathon & Half Marathon starting at Bushnell Park in Hartford (Saturday).

NU Hartford Marathon banner promo

Enjoy the gorgeous harbor view and the attention to details at the Romance on the Harbor package from theDelamar Greenwich Harbor . Package includes: Deluxe accommodations for two; welcome drink at check-in, in-room bottle of champagne OR wine (choice of red or white); chocolate covered strawberries OR cheese plate delivered to your room; bouquet of flowers and rose petal turndown; $150 dining credit to your choice of the following restaurants: l’escale (French), Valbella (Northern Italian), Morello Bistro (Italian Bistro) or Barcelona (Spanish tapas); continental breakfast in bed for two; and guaranteed 1 p.m. late check-out. Rates from: $515-$595.

More weekend choices:

Intimate Apparel – Westport County Playhouse, Westport 06880
Watch as Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage weaves an intricate tapestry of the joys, sorrows, tragedy, and triumph of a gifted but lonely African-American seamstress in early 20th century Manhattan as she negotiates the choice between a love that is accepted and one that is true (Friday-Sunday).

Brew at the Zoo – Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport 06610
Enjoy an adults-only event featuring German inspired fare, craft beers, live music and silent auction. Have fun at this early Halloween event by coming in disguise (Saturday).

Chili Challenge/Arts & Crafts Fair – Windsor Town Green, Windsor 06095
Join in this premier festival featuring juried crafters offering handmade products and paintings, refreshments and the ever-popular Chili Challenge (Saturday).

Fiesta Latina – Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven 06510
View performances of traditional and contemporary Latin American music and dance, along with games, a fossil dig, live animals, crafts, face painting, and other activities for the whole family (Saturday).

Chowder Days – Mystic Seaport, Mystic 06355
Stroll through our village and enjoy live music, or climb aboard our steamboat Sabino for leaf-peeping from the water at Mystic Seaport’s Chowder Days. There will be seven kinds of chowders to select from, clam cakes assorted gourmet sandwiches and desserts (Saturday-Monday).

Chowdafest – Calf Pasture Beach Park, Norwalk 06851
Try more than 30 different chowders, soups and bisques; then vote on your favorites. Enjoy incredible cooking demonstrations by award-winning chefs (Sunday).

These highlights represent just a sampling of the many exciting events taking place across Connecticut this weekend. For more information about these and other entertaining activities, use the Events Quick Search on the right side of the page.


This Weekend in Connecticut
October 10-13, 2014

October 10-12 – “A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings by Tula Telfair”- Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, 06459. Time: noon-5 p.m. The exhibition A World of Dreams includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate. Admission: Free. (860) 685-3355

October 10-12 – 2014 Renaissance in Pastel National Exhibition – Slater Memorial Museum, 108 Crescent St., Norwich, 06360. Time: Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Connecticut Pastel Society is a statewide fine arts organization with a national outreach. Admission: Adults $3, seniors and student $2, children (12 and under) free. (860) 425-5563

October 10-12 – Portland Fair – Exchange Club Fairgrounds, Rte. 17A, Portland, 06480. Time: Fri. 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. An autumn tradition with competitive, educational, crafts, hobbies and commercial exhibits, food booths. Admission: Adults $10, seniors $6, children (under 10) free. Free off-site parking. (860) 342-0188

October 10-12 – Riverton Fair – Riverton Fairgrounds, 16 Main Street/Route 20, Riverton 06065. Time: Fri. 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Old-fashioned country fair on scenic Farmington River with exhibits, animals, vendors, food, midway rides, music, wood chopping events, and more. Admission: Adults $6, children (12 and under) free. (860) 379-0060

October 11 – Fall Festival – First Congregational Church, 21 Torrington Rd., Litchfield, 06759. Time: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Attic treasures, silent auction, book sale, children’s activities, tag sale, baked good, international gift shop, and lunch available. Admission: Free. (860) 567-8705

October 11-13 – Monty’s Fall Festival – The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, 1650 Hartford New London Tpke., Oakdale, 06370. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This Columbus Day Weekend discover free family-friendly activities with admission to the park including fall crafts, moon bounce, scavenger hunt, petting zoo and special events happening every day. Admission: Free with paid admission to the park. (860) 443-4367

October 12 – New Haven & Derby Model Railroad Club Model Train Show – High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Rd., Orange, 06477. Time: 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Show with 100 vendor tables, operating layouts in all popular gauges, both for viewing and for kids to operate and more. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. Admission: Adults $5, students (12-18) $1, children (under 12) free. (203) 795-1020

Oct 10

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist


Use this handy home maintenance checklist to keep your house—and property—in peak condition this winter.

Fall is just around the corner: time to get your house in shape for the cooler months ahead. Although autumn can be one of the busiest seasons for homeowners preparing for winter, it’s also the best time to take advantage of the moderate weather to repair any damages before the first frost sets in. Here are some home maintenance ideas that will keep your home running in peak condition all winter long.

Check foundation for cracks and caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house, and around the windows and door frames to prevent heat from escaping. “Caulking and sealing openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs,” says Michael Hydeck, Hydeck Design Build, Inc., Telford, PA, and National President, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). “Openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold build up,” he says. “Regardless of whether you live in a cold or warm climate, winter can bring very harsh conditions resulting in water or ice damage. A careful check of the outside structure combined with inexpensive maintenance can save you money in the long run.”

Install storm windows and doors and remove screens. Before storing, clean and repair screens, spray with a protective coating and place in a dry area of the basement or garage.

Slideshow: 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Inspect exterior walls to see if any paint is peeling or blistering on the house or outbuildings. According to Carl Minchew, Director,Benjamin Moore Paints, “Peeling paint is a sign that the existing paint film is failing and can no longer protect the siding of the building. Left uncorrected, the siding itself will deteriorate, leading to expensive repairs in the future.”

Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. “Ice, rain, snow and wind combined with rapidly changing temperatures and humidity wreak havoc on roofs,” says Jay Butch, Director, Contractor programs for CertainTeed Roofing. “Your roof is your first defense in protecting your home. Without it functioning properly, water damage can occur. This causes deterioration to insulation, wood and drywall, making electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems vulnerable. It’s better to proactively deal with repairs in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during a snowstorm. For safety’s sake, have a licensed, certified roofing professional check the condition of your roof.”

After leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Clogged gutters are one of the major causes of ice dams. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.

Examine your pool cover for damage and replace if necessary.

Weather-strip your garage door. Make sure the seal between your garage door and the ground is tight to prevent drafts and keep out small animals.

Inspect your driveway for cracks. Clean out and repair any damage with driveway filler, then coat with a commercial sealer.

“Heating and cooling amount to 47% of the energy costs in your home. Proper sealing and insulation can save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs, or up to 10% on your total annual energy bill,” says Katie Cody, spokeswoman for Lowe’s. “Air leaks from windows and doors are easy to find by moving your hand around the frame. Applying weather stripping and caulk to these areas will help cut down on drafts.”

Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems if properly serviced.

Get your woodstove and fireplace in working order. Gary Webster, Creative Director of Travis Industries, suggests that you examine your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket for a tight seal. Also clean and inspect the glass door for cracks and have the chimney cleaned by a licensed chimney sweep. “A clogged chimney poses the risk of a chimney fire, which can be ignited by burning creosote—a combination of wood tar, organic vapors and moisture buildup,” says Webster.

Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling.

Test and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and keep extra household batteries on hand.

Check basement windows for drafts, loose frames or cracked panes.

Vacuum internal parts of air conditioners. Remove units from windows or wrap outside box with an approved tarp or plastic air conditioner cover in order to prevent rusting of vital parts.

Clean your humidifiers regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.

Organize your garage. Clean and store summer garden tools.

Clear leaves from lawn, reseed patchy areas, and plant spring flowering bulbs. If deer are a problem, start deer-proofing by covering plants with netting and chicken wire.

Prepare your yard equipment for storage. This includes draining fuel from all gas-operated equipment such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.

Check to see that all of your snow equipment is up and running before the first flurry falls. Organize your snow clearing gear. When snow arrives you’ll want to have shovels, roof rakes and snow blowers where you can get to them. “Be careful where you store equipment,” says Travis Poore, The Lawn Ranger, a Home Depot Community Expert. “An outbuilding may not be as well insulated as a garage incorporated into a house. Equipment that is stored out in the elements, exposed to heat and cold extremes, can develop problems when the gasoline can no longer vaporize and flow into the combustion chamber of the engine.”

Drain garden hoses and store them inside. Also shut off outdoor water valves in cold weather. Any water left in exterior pipes and faucets can freeze and expand breaking the pipes.

Inspect and fill bird feeders. Keep in mind that once you start feeding birds you should continue on a regular basis throughout the winter months.

Fertilize the lawn with a high phosphorous mix to ensure healthy grass in the spring.

Check the supports, stairs, and railings on porches and decks. Make sure the handrails can support someone slipping on snow or ice.

Clean porch and deck furniture, and look for any needed repairs. Cover and store outdoor furniture and barbecues in a protected area.

Make sure all soil is emptied from pots and planters. Dirt left in clay pots will freeze and cause the pots to crack if left outside.



Oct 09

Fall and Winter Energy-Saving Tips

Simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the cool fall and winter months. | Photo courtesy of © and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the cool fall and winter months. | Photo courtesy of ©

This article will help you find strategies to help you save energy during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips below are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter.

If you haven’t already, conduct an energy assessment to find out where you can save the most, and consider making a larger investment for long-term energy savings.

Also check out no-cost and low-cost tips to save energy during the spring and summer.


Photo of a window with the curtains open. Sun is shining into the room and snow-covered mountains are visible outside. Copyright Fochesato.

  • Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.


  • Use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frames during the cold winter months. Make sure the plastic is sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating drapes or shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
    Find out about other window treatments and coverings that can improve energy efficiency.


  • When you are home and awake, set your thermostat as low as is comfortable.
  • When you are asleep or out of the house, turn your thermostat back 10° to 15° for eight hours and save around 10% a year on your heating and cooling bills. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to set back your temperature.
    Find out how to operate your thermostat for maximum energy savings. Also see ENERGY STAR’s June 5, 2008, podcastfor video instructions on operating your programmable thermostat.



  • Schedule service for your heating system.
    Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
  • Furnaces: Replace your furnace filter once a month or as needed.
    Find out more about maintaining your furnace or boiler.
  • Wood- and Pellet-Burning Heaters: Clean the flue vent regularly and clean the inside of the appliance with a wire brush periodically to ensure that your home is heated efficiently.
    Find other maintenance recommendations for wood- and pellet-burning appliances.


Photo of a fire in a brick fireplace. Copyright Malms.

  • Keep your fireplace damper closed unless a fire is burning. Keeping the damper open is like keeping a window wide open during the winter; it allows warm air to go right up the chimney.
  • When you use the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox (if provided) or open the nearest window slightly — approximately 1 inch — and close doors leading into the room. Lower the thermostat setting to between 50° and 55°F.
  • If you never use your fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • If you do use the fireplace, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchange system that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper and make it as snug as possible.
  • Purchase grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • Add caulking around the fireplace hearth.
    Find out more techniques to improve your fireplace or wood-burning appliance’s efficiency.
    Learn tips for safe and efficient fireplace installation and wood burning.


Water heating can account for 14% to 25% of the energy consumed in your home.

  • Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F). You’ll not only save energy, you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
    Find other strategies for energy-efficient water heating.


Sep 29


Use these must-do fall maintenance tips to keep your house in shape and help keep you warm this winter.

Cleaning Gutters

Home Exterior

  • Regularly clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure all drainage areas are unblocked by leaves and debris. Consider installing gutter guards to make the job a lot easier.
  • Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks. Use caulk to fill the holes or completely replace the wood.
  • Lower humidity and cooler (not yet cold) temperatures make fall a good time to paint the exterior of your home.
  • Inspect your roof, or hire a licensed professional to examine your roof for wear and tear. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, replace them. If you have a lot of damage, it’s time to replace the entire roof. Also, check the flashing around skylights, pipes and chimneys. If you have any leaks or gaps, heavy snow and ice will find its way in.
  • To prevent exterior water pipes from bursting when the weather gets below freezing, turn off the valves to the exterior hose bibs. Run the water until the pipes are empty. Make sure all the water is drained from the pipes, if not; the water can freeze up and damage the pipes.

Keeping Warm

  • Have your wood-burning fireplace inspected, cleaned and repaired to prevent chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Wrap water pipes that run along exterior walls with heating tape. It will save energy and prevent them from freezing.
  • Clean and replace filters in your furnace or heating system. Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Your local utility company will often provide this service for free.
  • If you use a hot water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators.
  • Check the attic to make sure the insulation is installed properly. The vapor barrier on insulation should face down toward the living space. If it is installed incorrectly (with the vapor barrier facing up) then the insulation will trap moisture causing possible water problems. Cut slits in the vapor barrier to allow moisture to escape. To install attic insulation, unroll the insulation with the paper side out. Install small pieces of insulation between the joists on the attic floor. Be careful not to step between the joists.

Doors and Windows

The change in temperature and humidity and normal wear and tear can cause window seals to crack and shrink. Check your windows and doors inside and out for leaks and drafts. Caulk cracks or install weather stripping around windows and doors, including the garage door. Replace screens with storm windows and clean them if needed.


  • Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. Annuals typically die when temperatures drop below freezing. But perennials often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet. That’s because their top growth dies back, although in most cases the root ball is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it’s covered with a layer of mulch.
  • The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don’t cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
  • Clean garden tools before storing for the winter.
  • Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.
mulch is used to fill in gaps of flagstone pathway
Courtesy of Lucie Rowe

Lawn Care

  • Rake up the thick layers of leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Large leaves in particular, especially when they get wet, can compact to the point where they suffocate the grass below and lead to all kinds of insect and disease problems. So it’s a good idea to routinely rake or blow them off the lawn or, better yet, use a mulching mower to shred them into fine pieces.
  • Put the raked leaves in the compost pile or use as a mulch. Whatever you do, don’t waste fallen leaves because they’re an excellent source of nutrients and organic matter. You can also add them to flower beds to put a winter blanket on your garden.
  • Fall is a good time to aerate your lawn; it will allow moisture and nutrients to get into the roots. When you’re done, spread fertilizer then grass seed.
  • This will be the ideal time to sow cool-season grasses such as fescue and rye – it will give them the opportunity to germinate and develop a good root system before freezing temperatures arrive. It’s also the right time to fertilize turf grasses, preferably with slow-release, all-natural fertilizer. When given adequate nutrients, turf grasses have the ability to store food in the form of carbohydrates during the winter months. That will mean a better-looking lawn come spring.

Attic Pest Control

  • Pests love attics because they are full of nice warm insulation for nesting, and they offer easy access to the rest of the house. With gable vents that lead into the attic it is a good idea to install a screen behind them to keep those critters out.
  • Even after closing off those entryways, pests can still find a way in. The first place to check for any unwanted guests is under the kitchen cupboards and appliances.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

  • Each fall, check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and put in fresh batteries. These are very important detectors to have in a home. A smoke alarm can save lives in a house fire. A carbon monoxide detector can also save lives if a home has oil or gas-burning appliances, like a furnace or water heater.
  • Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless byproduct of burning oil or natural gas, and it can be deadly. For just a few dollars, a carbon monoxide detector will sound an alarm if the levels get too high.
  • Always install carbon monoxide detectors according to manufacturer’s instructions. Generally they should be installed near each potential source of carbon monoxide, and within ear shot of the living and sleeping areas.

Sep 25


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