Perennial Favorites
You perennials will need to be cut back as they fade. While you are at it, scratch some super phosphate fertilizer into the soil around them. In the garden, remove leftover vegetation and put it in the compost pile. Then rake lime and fertilizer into the soil bed and sow a cover crop of winter rye.

Snow Business
Now's the time to get your snowblower up and running. Nothing's more frustrating than having your snowblower not start when the first snow storm hits. If you're a snow shoveler, double check that your shovels are where you left them and in working order. They have a funny habit of disappearing over the year.

Drip Patrol
If you have an irrigation system, be sure that it is cleared of water so it won't freeze up and damage pipes. If you don't, drain your hoses by laying them on a downward slope and pulling them slowly toward you, coiling as you go. Once they're coiled, tie and store them in your garage or shed. Then head to the basement to shut off the water to your outdoor spigots. On the pipe, in between the shut-off and the spigot, you'll find a weep valve that you can open and drain into a bucket. These steps will prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.

For the Birds
One of the fall activities I enjoy most is setting up my bird feeders. After all my fall yard chores are done, there is nothing better than sitting back with a hot cup of coffee and watching the birds fly by.
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