Whether you’re selling or just seeing some dated or weathered facets when you look at your home, there’s still time this fall to spruce things up. Because so many Twin Cities homes have garages that open to the street, an updated garage door — especially in a rich wood finish that matches the front door — makes a big impression. (submitted photos)
They’re the projects that got pushed aside by vacation trips, summer sports and the hectic rush to enjoy the short season we had in 2013.
But there are plenty of ways to tackle your home’s exterior curb appeal, whether it’s to impress prospective buyers or to welcome guests for fall and winter holidays in style.
Homeowners prepping for winter can stop the energy waste cycle by taking a closer look at their insulation. As one of the fastest and most cost-efficient ways to reduce energy waste and lower bills, insulation traps warm air inside a home’s walls to regulate a home’s temperature. But how do you know if your home is properly insulated?
Fall mums offer a dependable splash of color to perk up a container, a border or to stand on their own in almost limitless combinations.
Take a look at the flying-off-the-shelves inventories of garden centers and hardware and specialty stores for something new for fall. In this grouping: a pair of cast-iron-look classically-shaped resin planters that lend a vintage touch, contrasted with a pair of tin-bucket planters the homeowner has painted.
Heucheras make a great container plant or can light up a shady spot. The perennials come in colors from nearly black through plum, caramel, gold and bright lime.
Flowers in garden borders and containers may well be tired of blooming all summer, or perhaps -- confession time -- you’re tired of them.
All that light, cool periwinkle and white that looked so refreshing in the summer months may not look right against backgrounds of sunflowers and turning leaves, and it does feel like time to begin to embrace autumn.
Doing it right means taking the extra steps necessary to stay safe. (StatePoint)
Finally fixing that loose step? Planning to use power tools? In the rush to take advantage of warm fall weather, don’t forget to take the extra time to safeguard yourself and your tools.
A stop at your neighborhood hardware store for the safety glasses you can’t find quickly or the gloves or mask that will protect you from chemicals may save you injury and cost in the long run.
Here we are again, looking out at lawns where the only green may be weeds, like the purslane pictured above, which seem to love desert conditions.
After two fall seasons of drought, a former co-worker’s determination to raise cactus in his yard doesn’t seem so far-fetched.
Believe it or not, it is going to get chilly. The newfound relief of cooler temps will only last so long, and then Minnesota will round back into winter -- one the Farmer’s Almanac says will be a doozy.
After the snow finally melted, I decided the lawn needed its first mowing. I dragged the mower out of the garage and spent almost an hour getting it cleaned up and started for another season. I remembered that last fall it had been acting cantankerous – running a little rough and leaking a little oil. It was obviously getting tired, but I had convinced myself that maybe a long winter’s rest would solve any problems.