Keep your yard, home, deck and tools looking and working great for years to come. Protect them from the harsh reality of winter by following these helpful tips.
- Rake up any fallen leaves, as these can inhibit grass growth once spring comes.
- Pests often settle in fallen leaves or weeds, so pay special attention to flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Mow and feed your lawn
- Using fertilizer with a high phosphorous content in the fall gives your lawn nutrients it needs to flourish in spring.
Protect your cold-sensitive plants
- Add 3-4 inches of mulch to the bases of trees, shrubs and plants to prevent damage from freezing. Keep the mulch an inch from the base of the trunk.
- Cover plants/shrubs with burlap to prevent winter burn. Burlap allows the plant/shrub to breathe helping air to circulate not get trapped.
Protect your deck
- Power washing with a pressure washer can prevent mold and mildew growth.
- A weather-proofing stain prevents moisture damage over winter.
Hoses, fountains and irrigation systems
- Drain or blow out all water from hoses, fountains, and irrigation systems with an air compressor, and store them in a dry place, as water left standing over the winter may damage your equipment.
Trim and prune trees and shrubs
- Trimming any large or out of place branches can prevent breakage from snow buildup.
Clean and repair gutters
- Clogged or broken gutters can cause damage to your home or flooding when snow melts.
- Adding a light coat of oil can also prevent rust buildup over the winter.
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