The 4 Essentials To Getting Your Yard Ready For Winter
As the harsh weather approaches, it is a good idea to start getting ready. It involves getting the house ready by maintaining the boiler, making sure the house is properly insulated, and that you don’t have pests in the house.
However, your yard also needs to be dealt with. That way, the damage that the cold weather causes will be minimized.
When you get your yard ready, you can also make sure that you can continue to use it even during the winter.
Instead of feeling stuck inside the house all winter, a properly maintained yard will allow you to spend some time outside in comfort.
In this article, we will go over some of the things that you have to do to get your yard ready for winter.
1 – Make a Patio
A patio is going to act like an outdoor living room. One that you can use all year round if you set it up right.
It will be cozy even in the winter when you have certain elements.
If you don’t already have a backyard patio then it’s a good idea to contact some landscape contractors to build one for you so you can get the most out of your yard.
The first thing is to have them lay down some paving stones in the area for the patio. They last a lot longer than a wooden deck.
Somewhere in the space where the pavers are, set up a fire pit.
This is going to be the centerpiece of the patio and will keep you and your guest warm while you enjoy being outside. If you want, you can also arrange for it to be able cooked over.
Some cozy furniture is also essential so you can sit outside with a blanket in front of the fire pit. That way, you can really enjoy the comfort of sitting outside in the winter.
Make sure to put an overhang over the patio so the furniture doesn’t get ruined by the rain and snow.
Lastly, set up some ambient lighting such as string lights or accent lights around to create the perfect atmosphere.
2 – Fix the Fence
Wooden fences take a real beating over the course of the year. In the summer, the sun can weaken it. It can be really hot and the rays will damage the structure of the wood.
In the winter the cold and snow will also weaken it since it expands and contracts so much. Water can get absorbed in the spots where the sealant has failed and then freezes causing it to break apart.
If your fence is more than a few years old then you will need to do an audit to see what condition it is in before the winter arrives.
Winter storms will blow over an old and damaged fence.
Take some time to evaluate the condition by checking where the posts go into the ground. If it looks like there is some rotting happening then you will need to change those posts.
3 – Put Away Any Potted Plants
Plants in pots tend to get more damage during the winter than the ones planted in the ground. This is because the soil in a pot is exposed to the cold on all sides.
This will cause the cold to get right to the root of the plant and could kill it.
Take any potted plants and move them to where they will be kept safe.
For instance, if you have a sunroom or porch that is enclosed then moving the plants there will protect them the best.
If you don’t have the space to bring them inside then get them as close to the side of the house as possible so the warmth that the house absorbs will radiate and keep them a couple of degrees warmer.
4 – Get the Lawn Ready
Strengthening your lawn before the winter will ensure that in the spring it bounces back quickly. In the fall, sprinkle some seeds around where there may be some bare spots.
You should also spread some fertilizer around the whole lawn to feed the grass over the winter when there is not much sun and the microorganisms in the soil are not as active.
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Give the lawn a good soak with water before it gets too cold and freezes.
This will help the fertilizer get into the roots of the lawn and provide it with extra strength to get through the harsh winter.
Do you have any tips for getting your yard ready for the winter?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.