As much as we might not like to admit it, across the country the winter is coming.
Of course, some areas will be harder hit than others, and because of that, if you do live in the Northeast or Midwest, you’re going to have to take some additional steps to protect your yard as winter comes around.
Let’s face it, most of us pay a good amount of money to get our backyard looking fantastic during the year, and you want to make sure you can do everything you can to keep all of your stuff looking great when the spring comes around again.
In order to get things going, there are a couple of steps that you want to take.
Cover Lawn Furniture
The first, is to remove your lawn furniture and stack them in a dry spot. Some people will move these into their garage, others might have backyard sheds. If you do not have a space that in indoors, consider stacking them under a covered place like a deck.
At the very least, head to your local hardware store and grab a tarp to cover your stacked furniture.
It may seem like a lot of effort for something that is supposed to stay outdoors anyway, but the key in doing this is that it is going to dramatically extend the life of your furniture.
Remove Plants and Pots
A lot of people will keep small gardens on their decks or in their yards. If you do have a little potted garden, now is the time to prepare your plants for the winter.
Anything that you want to save and re-grow next spring, grab some clippings and bring indoors.
Otherwise, empty out the pots, you can add the dirt and foliage to your compost pile, wash them out and store them for the winter.
If your pots are of the typical green plastic variety, leaving them outside is fine, but if you have nice decorative ceramic pots, it’s a good idea to store indoors.
Cover Up the Grill
The grill is another standard item in most American’s backyards and decks. And, since they are so vital to summer enjoyment, it is really important to make sure they are well prepared for the winter.
Take out the grates and give them a good soaking. While the grates are being cleaned, do the same with the burners and outside of the grill.
Once the grill is nice and clean, get a good heavy duty grill cover, and store it in a safe corner until it’s ready to be used again.
Taking a few hours out of your afternoon to get your backyard ready to go over the next month or so is going to pay off in the long run.
Your grill, furniture and pots will be well taken care of and far more likely to last into the future.
Do you have any of your own tips for getting your yard ready for winter? Let us know what you do, we’d love to hear them in the comments!