6 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home and Yard for Winter

prepare for winterThere’s a lot of beautiful Saskatoon real estate, and at least some of the appeal of those properties is the landscaping that highlights the architecture of the homes. If you own a house in Saskatoon, you will want to prepare your landscaping and home for the colder temperatures ahead. In today’s post, you will discover some easy ways to prepare your home and yard for the winter weather ahead.

Get Your Lawn Ready

It’s easy to forget about your lawn when it’s buried in the snow, so you want to take some time in the fall to encourage future lawn growth. One way to do this is to rake the lawn so you can find bald spots and then loosen the bald areas with a tiller. You can apply fresh grass seed and fertilizer to those areas. You can also fertilize the entire yard between the second and fourth weeks of November.

Roof Maintenance

Many problems in the winter start with the roof. If you can, climb to the roof to check it for broken or missing shingles, as well as loose roof sheeting and rusting. If you don’t have the right equipment or aren’t physically able to climb onto the roof safely, it’s recommended that you hire a professional. Plus, roof inspectors know what to look for with regards to weak spots that could worsen over the winter.

This is also the time of year when you should clean the gutters, another task for which you may want to hire a professional. Clean gutters reduce the potential for ice dams and allow water from melting snow to drain from the roof and away from the foundation.

Collect the Lawn Furniture

Pick up the yard tools and lawn furniture and put them away. You can store them in the garage or under the deck. If you have a storage building, that’s an ideal place for these items.

Turn off Outdoor Faucets

You should turn off the outdoor faucets and put away the hoses. You can also cover your outdoor faucets. By having them turned off and covered, you ensure that no water is going to freeze inside and cause potentially serious damage when things start to thaw.

Trim the Trees

It’s ideal to trim trees during the time of year when pests and diseases are not as prevalent, as freshly cut areas particularly susceptible to infection. Plus, trimming trees prevents dangers related to the heavy snow that will weigh them down during the winter.

Get a Chimney Inspection

There are few things more beautiful than smoke billowing out of chimneys in the winter, but you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned to ensure it’s going to work properly and not emit harmful toxins or become a fire hazard.

All in all, preparing your home and landscaping for colder temperatures is going to save you a lot of headache during and after the winter. If you’re ever in doubt about what needs to be done, call a professional.

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