Sunday Morning Tip for Nov 25: Winter Yard Prep: What You Should be Doing Now

<span>Sunday Morning Tip for Nov 25:</span> Winter Yard Prep: What You Should be Doing Now
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    Getting your yard ready for the cold winter months needs to be done well before the temperature drops too low.

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The landscaping projects that you carry out in the coming weeks could help you avoid some major issues next spring. Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to prep your yard for the coldest months of the year.

Empty the Hoses, Spigots, and Irrigation Pipes

Freezing temperatures will wreak havoc on your irrigation system if you don’t properly winterize it. At the very least, you must remove, drain, and store all of your outdoor hoses. You also need to turn off the system’s water supply and open up all of the spigots. If your sprinkler lines have drainage nozzles, then those must be opened as well. This will help keep your system free of harmful cracking and damage.

Remove Dead Leaves and Other Debris From Your Lawn

Raking leaves can be exhausting, but it is absolutely vital to your lawn’s health. When organic debris becomes wet, it tends to clump together. Over the course of a few weeks, those piles will suffocate and kill your grass. Once the debris has been removed, you can then fill in bare patches and fertilize the lawn one last time before the first frost. This helps your lawn be ready and healthy for the warm, spring months.

Prune the Plants and Trees

There are a few different reasons why you should prune all of your larger plants and trees before the temperatures drop too low. High winds could send dead branches flying at your home, and that might result in broken windows or chipped walls.

You also want to prune any plants that have flowered so that they don’t waste extra energy on those buds. Most perennials must be pruned at least twice a year in order to stay healthy. Prepping your plants properly is important is you wish to see them for years to come.

 

Winterize Your Pool

Winterizing your pool is another important project that you should never put off. Many local pool companies offer winterization and pool maintenance services that include testing the pH balance, adding winter chemicals, and lowering the water level.

You might also want to consider investing in a semi-permanent pool cover. A high-quality cover is going to protect your pool from debris and prevent the walls from becoming stained. If you’re planning on using your pool area through the colder months, having your heating system inspected can help prevent serious damage and costly repair work.

Keeping these tasks in mind can help you make sure that the exterior of your home is ready for freezing temperatures and winter storms. Preventing damage and preparing your property for the cold now will bring your home that much closer to being spring-ready.

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