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Prepping your Home and Garden for Winter
by Carol Trehearn
September 16, 2019

It’s that time of year where you start eyeing your summer clothes and wondering where you stored your warmer wear. The colder seasons are creeping in, and that means it’s time to get ready for winter. For the home and garden, winter can be very damaging, and there are a lot of areas where things can wrong if you're not prepared. If you’d rather spend winter wrapped up warm and cozy instead of frustrated and cold, then here are some of the best things that you can do to prep your home and garden ready in time for that cold blast of winter.

Drainage: Watching your Pipes

The drainage system of your home faces a lot of hard work over the winter. When the temperature drops, the water that is still in your water pipes and tank can freeze. As they freeze, they expand, and that means dealing with burst pipes. Not only can this be frustrating, but it can also mean costly repairs. Make sure that you give your pipes some care and attention:

  • Insulate your cold water storage tank, as well as any exposed pipes in the attic
  • Fill and seal any holes in your walls
  • Drain your system if you are spending more than a few weeks away from home

Dealing with water emergencies when the temperature outside is freezing is never fun. Make sure that your pipes are ready to tackle the cold.

Be Ready for Frost

Frost might look beautiful and picturesque, but it can absolutely wreck a home. Of course, it’s impossible to get rid of frost, but there are some steps you can take to reduce the levels of damage that it might cause:

  • Clean out your gutters
  • Check your roof for missing or damaged tiles
  • Scrape off cracked and loose paint on the exterior of your home

While frost is great for taking photos for your Instagram feed, it can cause a lot of damage to a property. Make sure your home is ready.

Quick and Easy Tips for Home Protection

Some simple tasks can be done that will save you a lot of stress in winter. Get these done so that you can bunker down when winter hits:

  • Clean your chimney: Check for blockages like birds’ nests and do an inspection for cracks in the bricks.
  • Heating: Your heating system will need a professional service at least once a year, and just before winter is the best time. Search for "HVAC repair near me" to avoid disaster. Having a broken heating system over winter will ruin any chance you have of enjoying the colder time of year.
  • Windows: Seal any cracks or holes in your windows and window frames.
  • Smoke alarms: You should do this regularly, but when you're doing home prep for winter, it's a good excuse to give your alarms a test.

There are plenty of ways to ensure that your home is ready to brave the winter. Make sure that you put the work in now and you’ll be able to relax a lot more when the temperatures start to really fall.

Garden Prep

Your garden is going to have to face a lot of potential damage over winter. Doing some work now will prepare for the more hostile elements. Get these done now, and by the time that spring finally rolls back around, your garden will be in tip-top shape:

  • Mow the lawn: This is certainly not something that you want to do when it’s wet, snowy, or rainy. Give your grass a trim and lay down some fertilizer too.
  • Tool care: If you're planning on limiting your garden work through winter, then make sure that you store your tools away. Make sure that they are clean and dry, and store them somewhere that won’t expose them to the harsh weather. If you have a lawnmower, this is a good time to get the blades sharpened.
  • Protect trees: If you have smaller, younger trees in your garden, then it’s a good idea to get some wire or plastic mesh for the trunks. For those that have larger, older trees in the garden, trim them back so that you limit their damage in high, cold winds.
  • Plant bulbs: Spring flowers like daffodils should be planted just before the temperature drops. Don’t wait for the ground to freeze!

Your home and garden are your sanctuary from the brutal extremes of winter. Make sure that you’re ready to face those cold months by getting your prep done now. Once you've got the hard work done, you can sit back in front of the fireplace with a hot drink and contentment that’s hard to beat.

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