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6 Fast Late-Summer Fixes

Easy ways to improve your home as summer comes to a close

Shop Late-Season Plant Sales

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Raid nurseries for late-summer deals to fill in any holes in beds and borders.

Stay Safe in Storms

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Trim branches hanging over your roof or near windows to help avoid costly storm damage.

Help Out Your Freezer

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A fuller freezer will keep food cold longer in case of a power outage. Fill any gaps with a couple of bags of ice or a milk jug filled with water.

Perk Up Pillows

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Set out cushions in direct sun for a few hours, flipping halfway through, to help them plump up by evaporating interior moisture—it'll kill allergy-causing dust mites, too.

Check Fences

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Inspect for loose posts and rotting wood; repair as needed. Cut back encroaching greenery, which can speed wood decay.

Keep AC Drain Lines Clear

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Prevent algae buildup by pouring ¼ cup of bleach down the access pipe. After 30 minutes, flush with a gallon of water.