It seems like Fall is getting shorter and shorter every year, so take advantage of the weather while you can and get a few items checked off your Winter prep list. Making sure your home and yard are properly prepared for cold temperatures will give you peace of mind later.
It’s sad when we say goodbye to our gardens but prudent preparations now will make things a lot easier come Spring. Winter can wreak havoc on your outdoor space so store items now that can be affected by freezing temperatures. Here are a few things to add to your to-do list:
- Trim trees and shrubs
- Aerate your grass
- Till garden beds
- Compost leaves
- Clean soil out of flower pots and store them
- Dig up bulbs, place in dry place
- Divide your perennials
- Winterize garden power tools
- Store clean rakes, hoes, trimmers
Think Compost Bin This Year
Make this year the one where you start a compost bin. They are easy to build and you will reap lots of rewards from the black gold it generates. If you want to learn more about composting, check out our blog, 10 Good Sense Tips for Building a Compost Bin, and find out how it can help your garden and the environment.
Prepare Outside Your Home for Dropping Temperatures
Cold weather likes to remind us of the little things we forget to address before the needle drops – like water spigots and hot tubs. List all the small stuff outside that needs to be readied before Old Man Winter arrives – and get ‘re done. We’ve listed a few items to get you started.
- Pressure wash and store lawn furniture
- Cover outside water faucets
- Inspect and clean your gutters
- Winterize outdoor sprinkler systems, pools and hot tubs
- Cover or remove window A/C units
- Put up storm doors and windows
- Have HVAC system serviced
- Drain and store garden hoses
- Inspect driveway for crack and seal
- Remove wind chimes, yard art and flags that can be damaged in storms
- Winterize hot tub
Start Winterizing Your Garden and Home Now
Avoid the problems cold temperatures bring by preparing for harsh Winter weather now. A list of DIY projects to do this Fall is an easy way to make sure things get accomplished. By winterizing your garden and the outside of your home, you are protecting them and saving yourself from costly repairs. It’s a win-win for a DIYer like you.
Our blog, Fall Checklist Pt. 1: Garden Clean Up – Winterization, has tips on making sure your perennials survive until Spring. As always, if you have any questions about pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.