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Household Checklist October

Household Checklist for October

Fall is officially here, and there’s plenty to do around the house in October.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for October and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Pumpkins

Household Items to Handle in October

Maintenance

  • Update Your Time Management Schedule
  • Work on Fall Cleaning Indoors (see separate checklists below)
  • Get ready for Halloween (see Halloween checklist below)

Outdoors

Take apart vegetable and flower gardens

Rake leaves

Plant Fall bulbs and perennials

Go pumpkin picking / buy mums

Wash and put away patio furniture

Clean gutters

Have chimney cleaned

Put fall fertilizer and lime on lawn

Pool: Remove leaves and drain water

Money

  • Finish shopping for school/winter clothes (coats, boots, snow pants)
  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget

Meal Planning

  • Host October events
  • Plan upcoming birthdays, Thanksgiving and events in November
  • Get a head start on Christmas preparations (see Christmas Checklist below)

Details on October Projects

Here are some specific details on our October projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Halloween Checklist

Halloween Checklist You Can’t Miss

Halloween bucket of candy treats

Don’t gyp the kids: How to give out Halloween candy when you’re not home

How to drain water from a pool cover

Tips on How to Drain Water from a Pool Cover

Leaf Rake

How to Remove Leaves from Pool Cover

Gutters with Leaves

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Gutters

Leaves - oak

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

Bearded Iris

Things to plant this fall

Yellow zinneas

First Frost Warning: What it means for you and your outdoor plants

Fall - Orange mumsFall Cleaning Checklists

Pork Roast DinnerWhat’s for Dinner? Fall Dinner Ideas

Fall - Mums in basketFall Decorating Ideas

Back to School Checklist

Back to School Shopping Checklist

White lounge chairs

Easy Way to Clean Plastic Patio Furniture

Hats and scarves in bin

Simple ways to organize winter hats and mittens

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Pink Tree

Enjoy the holiday season: October Checklist

 Thankgsiving Dinner

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Printable Household Checklist for October

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for October:

 

Household Checklist October

Household Checklist for October

By scheduling time to handle these items in October, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here

It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

If you handle the lawn maintenance for your home, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 4 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost to you, but Running A Household will receive a commission.  Thank you for supporting our website.

Benefits of Step 4 Fertilizer

Step 4 offers fertilizer for your grass.  It thickens the grass, and will make your lawn greener in the Spring.  In addition, it will strengthen the grass roots before winter.

Scotts Lawn Pro Step 4 Lawn Fertlizer 32-0-12 5000 Sq. Ft. Granules

When to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

In New England, we typically apply Step 4 around Labor Day.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 4 in the Fall, August through November.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 3 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 4 Fertilizer

You can apply Step 4 fertilizer to dry grass, or grass that is wet.

While it is not necessary to water in Step 4, we prefer to water it in.  It makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Planning to reseed your lawn?  No problem.  Step 4 does not contain any weed preventative.  So according to the manufacturer, you can seed your lawn before or after applying this product.

Resources

For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Step 4

Additional articles you may enjoy:

Three Lawn Care Tips to Follow

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

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Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

Summer is over, and there’s a lot to do during the month of September. We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for September and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month. So let’s get started.

Things to Do in September

Maintenance

• Start Fall Cleaning Indoors
• Plan ahead for fall leaves (mulchers, leaf bags, vacuums etc.)
• Set up back to school desk supplies / work station for children

Outdoors

  • Reseed lawn, if needed (or hire someone)
  • Maintain vegetable and flower garden / harvest and weed
  • Trim final bushes and shrubs
  • Schedule Pool Closing (or do it yourself)
  • Plant Fall bulbs and perennials
  • Go apple picking
  • Clean out shed
  • Clean out garage

Money

• Finish school shopping (clothes, outfit for picture day and supplies)
• Balance checkbook
• Budget

Meal Planning

• Plan birthdays, Columbus Day Weekend, Halloween and events for October
• Buy Halloween costumes; plan candy and snacks

Details on September Projects

Here are some specific details on our September projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

 

Fall - Orange mums

Fall Cleaning Checklists

Weekday schedule in half hour increments

Tool Box: Time Management Schedule

Password Chart

Organize Your Passwords with a Password Chart

Hats in bin

Ideas for Organizing Ball Caps

how to organize child's desk

Organizing A Child’s Desk

School paper bin

Where to put papers from school

Green Grass

When Should You Plant Grass Seed?

It’s Time to Put Down Step 4 Fertilizer

Bearded Iris

Things to plant this fall

Yellow zinneas

First Frost Warning: What it means for you and your outdoor plants

Leaves - oak

Do it yourself: How to clean up fall leaves

Pork Roast Dinner

What’s for Dinner? Fall Dinner Ideas

Fall - Mums in basketFall Decorating Ideas

Daily Schedule

Time Management: Setting Up Your Fall Schedule

How to organize your receipts in bin

How to Organize and Store Your Receipts

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Shoes 5

How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

 

Printable Household Checklist for September

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for September:

Household Checklist for September

Household Checklist for September

By scheduling time to handle these items in September, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here

Household Checklist for August

August is here, marking a slower time of year, when a lot of people take their final summer vacations. There are still a few things to take care of around the house.  We’re here to help with our printable Household Checklist for August and detailed information for the projects you need to tackle this month.  So let’s get started.

Maintenance

  • Organize three small areas in your home
  • Plan your fall calendar
  • Run dehumidifier in basement

Outdoors

Assess lawn; hire someone to reseed in September if needed

Backwash pool filter

Maintain vegetable and flower garden / weeding

Trim shrubs, bushes, and hedges

Money

  • Shop for Back-to-School clothes and office supplies
  • Balance checkbook
  • Budget
  • Medical: Submit FSA/HSA reimbursements; confirm receipts for all expenses
  • Taxes: Complete draft forms for this year; confirm on track

Meal Planning

  • Plan birthdays, Labor Day Weekend, and events for September
  • Plan and take final summer vacations

Details on August Projects

Here are some specific details on our August projects.  Just click on the link below to read more.

House Sitters Checklist

House Sitter’s Checklist

School paper bin

How to store school work from year to year

Flag

Make Plans for Labor Day Cookout

 

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Summer Storm Approaching

Summer Storms – Checklist

Daily Schedule

Time Management: Setting Up Your Fall Schedule

Seattle Market

Summer Meal Ideas

Back to School Checklist

Back to School Shopping Checklist

How to organize your receipts in bin

How to Organize and Store Your Receipts

Priorities - Summer.xlsx

Time Management: Setting Summer Priorities

Shoes 5

How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

Green Grass

When Should You Plant Grass Seed?

  

Printable Household Checklist for August

Just click on the link below for a printable copy of our Household Checklist for August:

Household Checklist for August

Daily and Weekly To-Do List Plus monthly list.xlsx

By scheduling time to handle these items in August, you’ll be sure to keep everything running smoothly in your household.

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above.

Be sure to follow us on Pinterest:  Click here

 

 

Scotts Step 3

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Do you take care of your own lawn? If so, you need to know when it’s time to put down your step 3 fertilizer.  We’re here to help with some quick tips.

Disclaimer: Some of the links below are referral links, which means that if you make a purchase, there is no extra cost to you, but Running A Household will receive a commission.  Thank you for supporting our website.

What is Step 3 Fertilizer?

The third lawn care step of the year is simply fertilizer.  This will make your lawn greener.  In addition, it will thicken your lawn so that there is less room for weeds to grow.  One option is to use a simple Turf Builder like this one:

Do You Know When It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer?

In New England, we typically apply Step 3 around the 4th of July.  With all of the heat, you might be a little behind on your fertilizing schedule.  According to the manufacturer, you can apply Step 3 in June, July or August.  Be sure to wait 4-6 weeks since you applied your Step 2 fertilizer.

How to Apply Step 3 Fertilizer (without iron)

You can apply Step 3 fertilizer, also known as Turf Builder to dry grass, or grass that is wet.  The job is easy when you use a simple Broadcast Spreader. We found the Scotts broadcast spreader easy to use for this project.  Just set the spreader to the settings listed on the bag of fertilizer.

Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader

Or for smaller lawns, consider the Scotts Hand-Held Spreader which can you can use to apply fertilizer, grass seed, granular products like Preen weed-and-feed, or even ice melt in the winter.


While it is not necessary to water in Step 3, we prefer to water it in.  That way, pets and kids can return to the lawn sooner.  It also makes the grass greener just a little bit faster.

Be sure to apply when the temperature is below 85 degrees, otherwise the fertilizer may burn your grass.  The manufacturer indicates that if the temperature will be above 85 degrees, you can apply it to dry grass and water it in.

Does Your Fertilizer Contain Iron?

Some of the Step 3 fertilizers contain iron.  This actually helps to keep the grass from burning during the hot summer months.  Check the bag to confirm if your fertilizer contains iron.

It's Time to Put Down Your Step 3 Fertilizer

Here’s an example: Scotts Step 3 Lawn Food with 2-Percent Iron, 32-0-4

The manufacturer recommends applying fertilizer with iron to a wet lawn.  They also suggest not watering the grass for 24 hours so that the iron can be absorbed through the blades of the grass.  However, if the temperature is more than 90 degrees, you will need to water after applying the fertilizer.

Special Note:  According to the manufacturer, if your fertilizer contains iron, you will want to keep this fertilizer on the grass.  Sweep up any excess left on your driveway or sidewalk, otherwise, the iron may cause staining.  If you apply  this fertilizer to a wet lawn as suggested, it may also stick to your shoes, so be careful not to track it onto surfaces which may stain from the iron.

Resources

  1. For more details from the manufacturer, see:  Scotts Website – Turf Builder
  2. You may also want to read the full label of the bag: Scotts Step 3 with Iron

Watch for details on Step 4, which we put down in September, around Labor Day.

Additional articles you may enjoy on our website:

Three Lawn Care Tips to Follow

Silver Maple Trees: It’s a Love-Hate Relationship

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 2 Fertilizer

It’s Time to Put Down Your Step 4 Fertilizer

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