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Preparing your lawn over winter can help it in the spring

Published On: Jan 24 2013 03:10:48 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 07 2013 12:53:16 PM CST
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(NewsUSA) - Many homeowners are aware of the basic do-it-yourself home projects one should tackle when preparing for the winter season, including caulking gaps around doors and installing programmable thermostats. But what about projects that are just as important but easy to overlook?

You can save time and money by simply renting what's needed to complete essential projects that will help winterize your home. The following project ideas are four simple, yet effective, projects that can help increase the lifespan of your home and can all be done without purchasing seasonal tools or equipment.

* Power wash and seal outside structures. Sealing your driveway and deck protects them from fluctuating temperatures as well as ice and winter damage. Applying a sealant gives a driveway the added protection it needs to last longer and resist deterioration, especially during the winter months. Always remember to power wash all outdoor structures before applying any type of sealant.

* Aerate your lawn. Before harsh, colder conditions arrive, aerate your lawn to improve water penetration by poking holes into the ground. This allows the nutrients to move further into soil to reach the roots of your grass.

* Help eliminate or prevent the growth of mold in your home. The colder months are when we seal our homes off from winter weather. With closed windows and lack of air exchange, the buildup of moisture can lead to mold growth. Concrobium Mold Control is a great way for do-it-yourselfers to clean, eliminate and prevent the growth of mold in the home. For larger spaces like attics, basements and crawl spaces that are more susceptible to mold, homeowners can rent an easy-to-use fogger for application.

* Clean out your gutters. Gutters are meant to divert rainwater away from the exterior of the home, but they can also collect leaves and debris during the summer months. Although beautiful this time of year, autumn leaves can harm the foundation of a house -- so grab your ladder and prevent any long-term damage from occurring.

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