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FALL TIME PREPARATION
  • Remove hoses from outside faucets.
Disconnecting the hose will allow any remaining water to drain from the pipes near
the faucet before the first big freeze. Forgetting to do this may lead to frozen and
cracked pipes, and nobody wants to deal with that.
  • Prune back trees.
Now that the leaves are falling, it should be easier to see the dead or dying limbs on
your trees and bushes. Trimming these before winter can minimize any damage to
your home that may come from frozen or snow-heavy branches from scraping or
falling onto your home.
  • Schedule your annual furnace checkup.
If you haven’t already, make sure to call your favorite service company to come out
for your annual furnace check-up. Regular check-ups are key to maintaining a
reliable heating system for your home and your family.
  • Insulate your whole-house fan.
Warm air rises, and in the winter months, that can mean straight out through your
attic fan. Now is a great time to insulate your whole-house fan to minimize the
amount of heat you lose this winter, keeping your heating costs down. And if you
have a fireplace but don’t use it on a regular basis, you might also consider
winterizing it as well.
  • Clean your gutters.
Cleaning your gutters of all debris after the leaves have fallen will allow any water
collecting in your guttering to drain completely. If you don’t, any water left in your
gutters can freeze and thaw several times over the winter months, increasing your
chances for unnecessary gutter damage.
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REMEMBER TO WASH IT ONLY IF IT’S DIRTY.  JUST BECAUSE YOU
WORE IT DOESN’T MAKE IT DIRTY.
If you work in an office or wear dressy clothes for church/special event odds are you’re not
being all sweaty and getting dirty.  When you get home simply hang it up so it can air out.

AVOID CLOTHES THAT NEED DRY CLEANED.
Dry cleaning uses chemicals that are (not to be redundant) known
carcinogens.  If you can’t find an eco-friendly dry cleaner be sure to
leave the plastic bag with them and hang your clothes so they can off gas
outside.  It’ll help to keep some of the toxins out of your home.
11 Garden Plants to Help Keep Bugs Away!
Marigolds
The scent of a marigold will deter plant lice, mosquitoes, and even rabbits. Plant these in flower
beds near your front or back doors, or even in your vegetable garden to keep rabbits and
mosquitoes from harming your plants.
Chrysanthemums
This might be the best plant to deter bugs. Ants, Japanese beetles, roaches, bed bugs, spider
mites, silverfish, and ticks will stay away if you have some of these around. Some bug
repellents use an ingredient in this flower because of how effective it is. These flowers deter:
Ants
Japanese beetles
Roaches
Bed bugs
Spider mites
Ticks
Silverfish
Harlequin bugs
Lice
Mint

Mint plants can repel spiders, ants, and mosquitoes. But be careful when you plant mint because these
plants spread rapidly!

Basil
Repel mosquitoes and houseflies with this wonderful herb. Maybe even put some plants by your
backdoor to discourage them from getting inside, and have easy access to basil when you want
to cook with it.
Citronella grass
Everyone knows this is an ingredient in mosquito repellents, but a lot of people don’t know it’s a
grass. Plant this grass in gardens, or have it in planters near your doors to keep mosquitoes
and flying insects from getting inside when you open the door.
Lavender
Gnats and mosquitoes hate a smell that so many people love. Plant it near windows and doors
so the scent wafts into your home.
Chives
Japanese beetles and carrot rust flies won’t want to stick around your property if you have
chives growing.
Petunias
Add color to your yard while repelling asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, various kinds of aphids,
tomato worms, and a variety of other pests.
Bay leaves
This plant will repel flies, and if you have a roach problem you can use these to deter roaches in
your kitchen.
Garlic
Known for its health benefits and seasoning, garlic plants deter Japanese beetles, root
maggots, carrot root flies, codling moths, and can be planted near roses to repel aphids from
eating your flowers.
Rosemary
Rosemary will protect your vegetable plants by repelling a wide variety of bugs that will want to
feed on the plants you’re growing and plan to eat. Keep them back with rosemary.