Most people are aware that their house should be winterized in order to save energy and costs in the cold winter months. What many people don’t know, is that the rest of their property should be winterized as well.
It doesn’t take much effort to winterize your yard and it can help save a lot of time and energy when the winter is over. Landscape and construction specialists advise all homeowners to winterize their year in addition to their homes.
Below, are a few tips on how to winterize the specific areas of your property that surround your house:
Deck/patio: Bring any patio furniture or potted plants inside, to avoid damage. If your deck is wooden, make sure the wood repels water instead of absorbing it — if it’s absorbing water, damage and discoloring can occur. Applying water sealant can protect the deck against the cold, wet winter.
Swimming Pool: The main reason to winterize your swimming pool, whether it is above or below ground, is to protect it from damage due to freezing water. The second reason is to keep it as clean as possible for the next season. Closing your swim pool properly can save you a lot of work when it comes time to open the pool for the summer.
Garden: The winter can damages plants in the garden, as plants in all regions across the US encounter cold spells. During these colder months, vegetation in the garden is particularly at risk of catching a disease or dying. Harvesting or shub pruning Kirkland may prove to be beneficial. New York to Seattle arborist specialists agree that a visit to your local garden shop or home goods store can help fill you in on how to protect your specific plans.
Lawn: Your lawn’s nutrient needs change in the fall in preparation for the cold weather ahead. Winterizing fertilizers are high in potassium (K) for this reason. Make sure that if you use fertilizer, to switch it up when the seasons change. Also, if you live in an area with frequent snow fall, it could be worth it to place snow markings that indicate where your certain things are located that could be damaged by plows or shovels. Also, it is important to rake up the thick layers of leaves that settle on the lawn, as large leaves, especially when they get wet, can compact to the point where they suffocate the grass below.
Trees: Bellevue tree removal may be necessary for any trees that could damage the home or property in the case of a winter storm. Some trees can easily be removed, others you may have to hire a tree service to aid in the removal.
Equipment: Make sure that all the winter-essential equipment that you will need is accessible. This includes shovels and brooms, salt, and car scrapers. If you know where they are ahead of time, they will be easy to find in case a winter storm arrives.
Although it may take some time and effort, you certainly won’t regret winterizing your lawn once winter has passed and spring begins to come. If the above tasks are taken care of, less energy and money will be needed in the coming months.