There are always a lot of chores I have to do each month to respond to climate changes and weather effects as various threats present themselves to my yard or my house.
- It’s important to make sure you have a little debris lying on the ground ahead of a tropical storm or hurricane because it will go airborne and threaten your home, your neighbors’ homes, or anyone outside during the event.
I also have to get on the roof to sweep off the leaves before it starts getting icy and snowy up there in December. That spells disaster, because then you’ve got rotten foliage underneath the ice when it begins to thaw in spring. This can also affect roof leakage, so it’s smart to make sure it’s clean before the first hard freeze and accompanying precipitation. The job is made much easier with a leaf blower, I just have to be careful keeping my balance on the roof while holding the thing and aiming it in such a way that the leaves only blow off one side of the house. It didn’t make a neat pile, but it was quicker than raking in a circle around the entire foundation. Luckily I don’t have to worry about this right now because it’s May and I’ve already cleared off the roof once since the spring thaw. Instead of roof debris, I’m focused on making sure the air conditioner is working properly as I get it serviced and maintained by my heating and cooling supplier. I’ll be using it regularly until early September, so it’s important to get it serviced no later than May.