Now that we’ve had our fun in the garden, it’s time to get serious about winterizing our homes.
But don’t worry, we’ll keep it simple.
We are not going to cover some of the more serious items, like pipes, as you may want to turn to a professional for those important items. Instead, we will focus on what the average person can do to get ready for winter.
Gutters, gutters and more gutters
Taking care of your gutters in the fall is #1 on the DIY-er's winterizing list. Clogged gutters can cause damage to the gutters themselves, and eventually to the roof or walls of your home if you live in an icy area and water doesn’t have an easy escape route. So get out that ladder and remove any leaves and debris as a preventative measure.
Didn’t enjoy that so much? Here’s an ounce of prevention that will allow you to avoid this icky chore next year: they are called Gutter screens and they allow water to pass through, but no leaves which means no ladders! Another option is the gutter brush which also will keep debris out.
While you’re at it, make sure the downspouts are directed away from the house and foundation to prevent water damage. A simple downspout extension keeps rain and snow-melt going along on its happy way, away from your house.
What to do with all those leaves?
Mulch them! This mulcher is easy to use and make good use of your leaves in the garden, providing a natural, protective layer around plants and veggies.
Lastly, invest in good patio furniture covers. This allows you to keep your garden furniture out (and your garage free of extra winter clutter) while protecting from the elements.
Winter is coming! Make sure your home is ready for the winter months. See our Winterizing Guide