Love those leaves
Instead of thinking that the fallen leaves are nothing but a nuisance involving hours of raking and bagging, spread the leaves over soil so the worms can work their fertilizer magic. Plus pile them under shrubs and trees for additional winter root insulation.
Protect a tree
You love those shrubs and trees that you have in your yard so wrap them, especially the newly planted ones, with burlap to protect them from the harsh elements and the drying winter sun and wind.
Inspect eaves troughs
Once most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, give gutters and eaves troughs a thorough cleaning to prevent water and ice build-up. Maybe consider putting a leaf guard on the eaves troughs.
Plant a spring delight
Planting spring bulbs in the garden during the fall will ensure a pop of color in the ground come spring. Bulbs can be planted right up until the ground freezes.
Hire a chimney sweep
It won’t be long until we start using our fireplaces. I have already turned ours on a couple times this past month. Wood-burning fireplaces, in particular, require annual maintenance. Hire a professional to clean and inspect fireplaces, dampers and chimneys. Maybe you’ll get the famous Dick Van Dyke to check them!
Furnace and ducts cleaned
Before turning on the furnace, call the professionals to clean and inspect it. Furnace filters should be changed every couple of months so keep a stockpile of them handy. Have your home’s heating ducts cleaned to ensure optimal air and heat flow.
Track the drafts
Batten down the hatches and keep the chill out by inspecting windows and doors for drafts. Replace old and rotting weatherstripping around the frames to prevent heat loss and water leaks.