Thanksgiving usually marks the arrival of colder temperatures here in Calgary. This weekend is looking like an exception to that rule but as we all know the weather can change here in a matter of hours. Don’t get caught off guard. While keeping a watchful eye on the turkey cooking away in your oven, tackle this list of chores. These tasks are easier to do when the weather is warm, and you are not wearing a down coat and mittens!
Empty Outside Flower Pots
Your pots probably still look fine because we plant hardy things here in Calgary. If you have ever used an ice pick to remove the plants and soil from one of your frozen pots because you waited one week too long, you will probably agree that tackling it now just makes sense.
Since yard waste makes up over one-third of garbage from an average single-family home and does not decompose into soil or compost when in our landfill, we need to dispose of it responsibly. Composting this material keeps it out of the landfill and gives it a second life as compost that can be used in gardens, yards and farms. Check out Green Calgary for tips on getting composting started in your yard.
If you are not set up to compost, the garden waste can be taken to most community clean ups, and any City of Calgary landfill where they will compost it for you. A small fee will apply.
Disconnect Hoses and Drain Water Lines
Hoses move much easier when they are not frozen and last a lot longer when stored inside for the winter. Even if you have frost free taps, it is a good idea to shut off the water to the outside taps and drain them to prevent any freezing.
Change Outside Light Bulbs
This is another task done easier without mittens on. Take this opportunity to clean away any debris that collected in your outside light fixtures over the summer. Use LED bulbs for energy efficiency and longer lasting bulbs.
Plant Tulip Bulbs
This is the time to get the bulbs in the ground. Work done now will be rewarded with colorful spring flowers, even when it snows in May.
Cover or Move Outdoor Furniture
Manufacturers can say what they want about the durability of outdoor furniture but if you want to ensure it will look as good next year, covering it or storing it inside is your best bet. Our winters are too harsh for any material to weather the winter well.
Smoke Detector Maintenance
This week if Fire Prevention Week. Change batteries and test all smoke detectors in your house. If you have children, review your emergency plan for fire evacuation. This week’s theme “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep” encourages everyone to have a smoke detectors in or near sleeping areas.
Rake Some Leaves
This will seem like a never ending chore over the next few weeks so best to tackle it a bit at time. Make sure you take your leaves to any one of the City’s Leaf and Pumpkin Drop Off Locations Pick up some of the paper leaf bags sold at Walmart and Home Depot instead of using plastic to collect the leaves in.
No time to do these chores yourself? Check out Who To Call for quality available pros ready to assist.