As we wind into the last stretch of Summer, my mind is racing ahead to all of the items that still need to be checked off on my end-of-Summer home maintenance to-do list. One task that I definitely need to get to in the next month is cleaning out my rain gutters. It's something I neglected to do at the beginning of the Summer, and even though the Bay Area monsoons won't start for another couple months, I know that it's better if I do it sooner than later.
Another chore that I've been neglecting is cleaning up under our fruit trees. The figs are just starting to ripen, but pesky squirrels have been getting a jump on the harvest by eating half of a fruit and then throwing the rest of it on the ground beneath. Since rotting fruit can actually contribute to disease in fruit trees, this task is an absolute must!
In colder climates, end-of-Summer tasks are even more important. Switching out window screens for storm windows is a common chore for many homeowners, as is putting away Summer outdoor plants. What's on your to-do list for must-do Summer maintenance tips?