Things to do before winter
Decreasing temperatures and lower light levels remind us that winter is just around the corner and that fall will only be a memory soon.
If you haven't already done so, here is a list of the outdoor tasks you should take care of around the house and yard, before winter sets in for good.
- Turn off your outdoor water source and store hoses inside. This way, the water won't freeze and you can avoid damaging pipes.
- Remove dead leaves in gutters as they prevent the water from running off properly and speed up the formation of ice.
- Store outdoor furniture such as tables, chairs and barbecue. If you don't have enough storage space, protect them with winter covers, which will delay wear and tear.
- Store your lawn mower and empty its gas tank during the winter months.
- Spread a layer of mulch around the root zones of your plants and shrubs, and over newly planted bulbs as well. Remove it in the spring.
- Install protective structures around the most vulnerable plants. Wood or plastic fences, anti-frost fabric and plastic tunnels will work nicely.
- Shred the last dead leaves and let them feed the soil, or add them to your compost pile.
In several northern regions, November is a perfect time to carry out those last outdoor tasks, before winter spreads its white blanket for the next few months.