August Maintenance Guide

The dog days of summer are perfect for enjoying the garden and getting organized for fall.

Written by Anne Reagan
July 31, 2015

August is a great month to enjoy the last part of summer. Days are hot, flowers are in bloom, and many people choose August as the perfect month to leave on one last summer holiday before the busy fall begins. If you enjoy working in the garden, you'll find that August is a great time of year to harvest fruits and vegetables, trim back foliage and tend the soil. Watering may be occupying much of your time. You'll want to read our tips about water conservation and ways to save water in the yard. If you have a swimming pool in your yard, or live near a body of water, be sure all of your guests know swimming safety basics. Sadly, children have a high rate of drowning or injuries related to swimming, and many of these incidents can be preventable.

Inside the home you might find it to be a good time to get organized before the fall. Cleaning out closets, donating unused items, and really cleaning under the bed can be a great way to get a handle on clutter. You might also want to make a "honey do" list of all the things around the home you haven't had time to do. Hanging pictures, fixing a dripping faucet, purchasing new water filters for the refrigerator...the list can sometime feel long. Take the time to find professionals in your area who can help you get these tasks done before the weather turns and days feel shorter. This is also a great time of year to book your winter-related professionals like chimney sweeps, attic insulation specialists, and tree trimmers. Put them on the calendar now, and you'll start the fall season feeling organized.

Read this complete article by Anne Reagan, at Porch.com, with all the links, and other exterior, interior,  and landscaping tasks you can do this month.

Anne Reagan is the Editor-In-Chief, Porch.com With a background in furniture and antiques, Anne has spent the last several years writing about home improvement and interior design. An avid traveler, she loves to collect pieces that tell a story and in her off hours she can be found hunting for vintage furniture and textiles.