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Bring out the Winter LinensIf you like cozy beds, change from light cotton sheets to all-cotton flannel and swap your lightweight bedspread for a heavier duvet. Keep a basket of cozy throw blankets handy to snuggle up in and keep you warm on those cool crisp fall nights.

Winterize Your GardenFall is a good time to divide your perennials. The general rule of thumb is to divide them at least six weeks before the ground freezes so they get rooted before the freezing weather arrives. After the first freeze add a thick layer of mulch to keep the ground consistently cold or frozen until spring to help prevent freeze/thaw cycles in the soil that may cause the ground to heave and uproot your plants. You’ll be so glad you did next Spring!

Turn off Faucets and Store HosesDrain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.

Stock up on FirewoodWhether it’s the crackling of a fireplace or the site and smell of a bonfire, fall is a great time to stock up on firewood – cooler temperatures, fewer mosquitos and snake, makes it a great time for stacking and working. Use large decorative planters to hold kindling right beside your stacks of wood. Remember to keep wood stored in a dry location to prevent less smoke while burning.

Make Your Home Smell Like AutumnIt’s just not Fall without the pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents we all love. You can have this bounty of aromatics with these DIY tricks. Add a little cinnamon essential oil to pinecones and place in a small basket on your counter or bookshelf. Simmer 2 cups water, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 tablespoon whole cloves, 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1 apple sliced on the stove top or in a crock pot for a robust scent with this home-made potpourri recipe.

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