Preparing Your Home for Winter

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The seasons are quickly changing. Winter is just around the corner and that means there are some regular maintenance chores you must do no matter what kind of home you live in. Of course if you live in a townhouse with HOA you probably don’t need to worry about any of the outdoor tasks.

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Shut off outside faucet – If you live in an area that is prone to freezing temperatures during the winter months this is an important task. If you don’t turn off the outside faucet it could freeze causing a burst pipe which is never any fun, especially in the winter time. Simply turn off the water faucets that are outside. Be sure to leave the tap open so any water left inside the pipe doesn’t crack the pipe when it expands from freezing. There should be a valve to bleed the line between the off valve and the faucet, but it’s still a good idea to leave the faucet open. You may want to blow out any water in hoses as well.

Store hoses and other accessories  – Store hoses and sprinklers in the garage or storage area over the winter. If left outside they could deteriorate and crack with freezing and thawing temps.

Overwinter your Geraniums – Geraniums are amazing plants that will give you beautiful blooms year after year if you store them properly over the winter. Geraniums can be made to go dormant, and then brought back to beautiful life in the spring. Store geraniums in a cool dark area. Be sure that the temp doesn’t drop below freezing as that will kill the plant. Do not water during this time. When you take them out in the spring introduce them to full sunlight gradually.

Rake any leaves – There has recently been a push by environmentals to prevent raking over the winter. The argument is that the leaves provide a rich environment for slugs, worms, moths and butterflies. It’s also been said that a thin layer of leaves is beneficial to the soil and lawn. If your city doesn’t tag you for not raking then by all means give it a shot. Otherwise grab the kids and get to raking.

Fertilize the lawn – Fertilizing the lawn in the fall will ensure a beautiful lawn in the spring, it’s also simple to do. Head on down to your nearest neighborhood hardware store or even big box chain and pick up your favorite brand of lawn fertilizer. Dump it in the spreader and go to town spreading it all over your lawn. That’s it! You don’t need to do anything fancy – just remember to keep pets and children off the lawn for the manufacturer’s recommended amount of time.

 

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