Winterizing Blog #2: Outdoor Spaces
Every year when the cooler temps arrive, I know it is time to winterize my outdoor spaces, which I dread. Not because it is a lot of work, but because I hate to see the grass, trees, and flowers all go dormant until Spring. We can’t stop winter though, so here is a check list of things to do to winterize your outdoor space.
- Remove lawn ornaments and container plants.
- Rack leaves or use your mower to mulch the leaves.
- Fall is the time to fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing feeds the roots while it is in a dormant state.
- Reseed any bare or damaged areas.
- Cut flowers back to prevent damage with heavy snow.
- Mulch flower beds – 1”-2”. (Some people use leaves to protect flowers.)
- Prune trees and shrubs. (Leave evergreens as they are.)
- Mulch around trees and shrubs to protect the roots – 2”-3”.
Lawn Mower Maintenance
- Fill the gas tank to prevent condensation and add a stabilizer.
- Clean the deck of grass buildup.
- Change oil.
- Check spark plugs and filters.
- Clear the area of all lawn/deck furniture and store the furniture in a dry place – shed, garage, etc.
- Check the porch/deck structure – look for weak spots, nail pops, etc.
- Check repel status of current stain/protectant. Stain or refinish as needed.
- Check structure of fencing. Replace any weak or damages areas. Winter often brings heavy wind and snow, will your fence hold up?
Be sure to also check out our tips for winterizing your vehicles – click here!
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