Winter home maintenance and projects

ReColor Winter Home Maintenance


If you live in a place that is cold and snowy, often projects around the house get put off until spring. Here are some winter home maintenance and DIY projects you can tackle during the winter months.

  • Always be prepared for winter weather. Keep extra drinking water and non-perishable food on hand in your house and car at all times. Include at least one gallon of water per person per day and have enough for 3 days. Don’t forget a manual can opener! Also, have plenty of batteries and flashlights ready for power outages as well as a crank weather radio.
  • If you have a garden shed or a garage, you can do most projects you would outdoors while being nice and warm. Just make sure you have proper ventilation before you use your ReColor!
  • Did you know that January is national Get Organized month? It’s a great time to declutter! Start by getting rid of old clothes that you don’t need, wear, or that you don’t like and take them to a clothing donation center or bin. Don’t try and tackle the entire house at once – start small and go slowly.
  • Winter’s a great time to work in the bathroom! Clean up the grout and tiles (and maybe apply some ReColor to those tiles while you’re at it to really keep them shiny). A new shower curtain in bright colors can do wonders for brightening up a bathroom, and maybe get some new towels to match.
  • Add insulation. While it’s not a pretty, shiny, or glamourous task, adding insulation to your home will help to lower your utility bills and make your home more eco-friendly. How do you know if you need more insulation? Crawl up in the attic, and if you can see the floor joists you need some more insulation (remember: heat rises!)


It’s easy to get cabin fever this time of year, so keeping busy with home projects can help.


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7 Tips to Take Care of Your Yard this Autumn

The end of summer does not mean the end of yard care.  In fact, autumn is a great time to use the cool weather to fertilize, control weeds, and improve the overall health and appearance of your yard.  Here are some tips to help get you started.


Keep Mowing

Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed.  As fall comes to a close drop the mower’s blade to its lowest setting for the last two cuttings of the year. That will allow more sunlight to reach the crown of the grass and cutting your lawn slightly shorter in autumn helps prevent the grass from matting down under leaves and snow.  Avoid cutting the grass too short, however. Tightly clipped turf has fewer roots and allows weeds to get a foothold.

And before you put that lawn mower away for the year, why not give it a coat of ReColor to help brighten and protect the finish?



Continue to Water on Schedule

Most lawns need water whenever it’s dry — no matter the season. If you had a lot of dry days – or drought – water once or twice per week.  Water long enough to soak the soil several inches deep. Early morning is the best time of day to water and try to avoid watering in the evening because that encourages fungal diseases.


It’s Time to Rake the Leaves

It’s important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as possible so don’t wait until all the leaves have fallen from the trees to start raking. If you do, the leaves can become wet from rain and dew.  This causes the leaves to stick together and form an impenetrable mat that, if left unmoved, will suffocate the grass and breed fungal diseases.

An alternative to raking leaves is to use a lawnmower fitted with a collection bag or vacuum system. These methods are particularly effective if you have a very large yard with many deciduous trees. Regardless of whether you use a rake or a lawnmower, be sure to remove the leaves before they turn into a soggy, suffocating mess.


Tackle those Dead Patches

The early part of autumn is a great time to reseed any small dead or thin patches in cool-season lawns. If you seed in autumn, you’ll have fewer weeds and the seedlings will become established before stressful hot weather conditions arrive. A mulch product embedded with seed and fertilizer is a convenient way to fill the gaps.


Lay Sod

Spring or fall is a good time to start a new cool-season lawn or patch existing turf with sod. Moderate temperatures and abundant moisture get sod off to a quick start. High-quality sod should be thick, dense, and weed-free.


Aerate Your Soil

Fall is also an ideal time to aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass’s roots. Rent a gas-powered, walk-behind lawn aerator and the self-propelled machine will quickly punch holes into the soil and extract plugs of dirt.



Most lawn experts agree that fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn. The reason is grass leaves grow much more slowly as the weather turns cool, but the grass roots and rhizomes continue to grow quickly. An autumn application of fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring.  Wait until mid-to-late autumn to fertilize.  Apply a dry lawn fertilizer to all grassy areas and be careful not to miss any spots