Outdoor Maintenance to Check Off Your Fall To-Do List
Posted by: Erika Green on November 29, 2018
With the change of the season comes new inspiration to go outside and get things done. Fall serves as the perfect time to perform outdoor maintenance in terms of both function and fashion. From working on some improvements on your house to updating your lawn, fall is the ideal middleman between spring and winter to check off certain tasks. And The Home Depot Rental has tools ready to make your next outdoor endeavor as effortless as possible.
Planting Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials
Planting trees, shrubs, and other landscaping adds a bit of life and flavor to your yard. Fall’s cool air mixed with warm soil makes it an opportune time to get roots into the earth and developing before the ground freezes over.
From leveling and grading your land to digging holes in the ground for planting to carrying all necessary materials, you need only one versatile tool – a Boxer 320 mini skid steer. And if you’re the “go big or go home” type (which we fully support), we’ve got you covered with Yanmar or Kubota tractor loader backhoes for larger tree rooting.
Gutter or Siding Repair
While the vibrant foliage is one of the most universally celebrated features of fall, it can also quickly become a homeowner’s nightmare. When those pretty leaves wriggle themselves free from branches, they often find a new place to call home: your gutters. When leaves, twigs and additional debris begin clogging your gutters, they quickly prevent functionality, and issues such as roof damage, foundation issues, and mangled siding can ensue.
Cleaning out your gutters in the fall as a preventative measure can save you the time, effort, and money that would be necessary to repair any resulting damage from clogging. Renting a Genie towable boom lift can make the cleaning process much more efficient and, when used with precaution, can be a safer alternative to other elevation methods. When operating a boom lift, make sure you:
- Always wear a safety harness and lanyard when in the operator platform.
- Stay a minimum 100 feet from all electrical conductor and utility lines.
- Always operate the lift on a level surface.
- Check controls for proper response. Shut down the machine if a fault is detected.
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For a 7-step gutter cleaning overview, click here.