Prepping Your Outdoor Living Space for Winter
There is more to do to close your garden for the winter than tossing your gloves aside. Properly preparing your garden and the yard décor will prevent winter from cost you reparations in the spring.
If you have permanent toys and accessories for children in your yard, clean them before storing them for the winter. It is important to protect them against algae in the winter. Algae grows where it can, and if they stay throughout the winter, they could cause issues in cracks as the moisture gets in. After cleaning, move large items such as a playhouse to a corner of your yard and place smaller toys in as they fit. Cover them with a tarp to prevent moisture and animals such as raccoons from getting in.
Algae finds places to grow other than just toys. Your deck, furniture, and décor are all at risk for algae growth. Find an environmentally friendly moss and algae killer to prep your home before the winter. The large cracks that could potentially be created from algae and moss are not worth the risk as they could be detrimental.
Anything that does not have a permanent place in your yard or garden should be moved inside if at all possible. This is especially important for any décor featuring fabric such as seat cushions or table umbrellas. This holds true for rainy weather during the warmer months as well.
Before the cold weather hits, re-stain or paint any outdoor furniture or décor that could be at risk for wear and tear during the winter. This should be part of routine maintenance as these coatings protect from weathering and damage. It would also be a good idea to spray any metal items with rust prevention spray as they will be subjected to wet conditions.
Preparing your outdoor living space for the unpredictable winter weather can save you money in the spring. No one wants to start out the warm weather seasons with maintenance and repairs.