As the winter months draw closer, you should take it upon yourself to prepare your home for the season. Aside from your actual house interior, it’s crucial that you deal with the outdoors as well. After all, your yard, garden and deck/patio area will be directly exposed to harsh winter weather conditions. Adequate preparation will keep your yard ready for spring and will also prevent potential mishaps and hazards in the cold.
1. Clean Your Yard Thoroughly
For starters, it’s important to clean and tidy up everything in your yard. You can start with outdoor furniture by storing it away in the basement, shed or whatever other storage you use. Also, if there are some tools, toys and decorative bits and bobs in the yard, put them away, too. This will then leave you with a clean slate to focus on the actual landscape. Rake the leaves and get rid of any debris that might be spoiling the look of your lawn and garden. What’s more, if there are some rotting plants among the grass or your other growth, make it a point to pull these out, together with weeds. If you neglect this task, the chances are that your garden and lawn will be affected negatively and maybe even get completely ruined over the winter months.
2. Mow the Lawn and Fertilise
Precisely because the winter is coming, you should mow your lawn short and even go a step further to fertilise it. In general, fertilising the lawn at least twice during the fall will effectively prepare the lawn for the dormant winter period so that it continues to flourish in spring. Furthermore, you might be interested in additional care practices; if you have an issue with weeds, apply herbicide to protect your grass against those. Also, it would be useful to aerate the lawn.
3. Take Good Care of Your Plants
Of course, if you want to prepare your yard for winter, it’s crucial that you take good care of your plants. In case you grow perennials, it’s essential that you prune them properly. This goes for trees, shrubbery and living garden walls, too. Never neglect pruning as this will keep the perennials safe during the colder weather while you’ll also minimise the danger of frozen and icy branches breaking. For further protection, it would be ideal to cover the decorative plants and flowers as well as tree bases with mulch, compost, or dead leaves.
In case you want to plant some bulbs, opt for the smaller ones. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy watching something grow in the spring. However, keep in mind that most bulbs thrive during the warmer months. In that respect, plant the majority of the bulbs in springtime. But, if you live in an area with really harsh winters where the land often freezes, it would be better to plant cold-tolerant annuals for your enjoyment in spring.
4. Prep Your Patio/Deck Area
As mentioned, it would be best to store away your outdoor furniture, especially if you don’t have a cover for your patio/deck area. On the other hand, if you enjoy spending time outdoors even during the colder winter months, and you actually have an adequate cover against the elements, you can leave your furniture out; just make sure that you give it a proper clean. In case you have metal furniture, use a wire brush to clean it and then apply rust-protective sealant.
Those of you who enjoy a nice wooden deck should also take the time to inspect it for any cracks and damages. Fixing these is of utmost importance if you want to avoid further damage and even dangerous situations during the cold winter months. You can also apply a water-resistant sealant to the wooden surface. In case you’d like to spice things up a little bit, don’t hesitate to consider timber cladding installation, which can create a true cosy cabin vibe in your own home. Also, you can freely use decorative elements made of durable, element-prone materials.
5. Check Your Outdoor Appliances
Once you’re done with your landscape and patio/deck area, don’t rest just yet – you should still address the question of outdoor appliances such as a fire pit and/or an outdoor grill. Even though these tend to be made with winter endurance in mind, it would still be a lot safer and smarter to cover them up properly. And if you have a pool in your yard, drain the water and place an adequate protective cover as well.
Depending on where you live, you might not get all that much rain during the fall. That said, it’s important to water your garden and lawn all throughout the fall depending on the rainfall. Stop the watering once the temperature hits the freezing point.
Guest Article by Kevin Jefferson
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both
thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.