The leaves are falling, and autumn is finally in the air! In New York, fall is about more than just leaf peeping: it’s time for homeowners to prepare their homes for the heavy winter snow. With these suggestions, and a little hard work, anyone can be prepared for that first snowfall.
Gather Leaves and Debris
It’s okay to leave a few leaves in the yard, but thick layers can attract pests looking for a winter home. They also block sunlight and air from reaching the grass. Raking up leaves and other debris keeps the yard healthy during the cold season, and leaves can actually be shredded for mulch that can be used around the shrubs. Other old plants should also be cleared from the lawn and flower beds before Jack Frost strikes.
Prepare the Lawn
Once temperatures rise in the spring, water from melting snow begins pooling in the yard. Soil needs to dry out quickly for a lush lawn, and taking a few steps now can make that happen down the road. Giving the lawn one more mow and using a garden fork or aerator to break up soil helps guarantee that nutrients continue to nourish the grass’s roots during winter. Lawn fertilizer also encourages a greener springtime lawn.
Prune Trees and Bushes
Now is the time to prune trees and bushes before winter. Large branches can break under the weight of heavy snow, so out-of-place limbs should be cut back. Homeowners should also divide perennials, like roses or clematis, and spread them to other flower beds, but they should wait until spring to divide fall-blooming plants, like chrysanthemums. Planting annuals that like cooler fall temperatures, like pansies, keeps some color in the yard during the dreariest months of the year.
Don’t Forget the House
In New York, preparing for winter means more than just cleaning the lawn. A few steps need to be taken around the house to keep it properly maintained as well, such as stowing away outdoor furniture and cleaning leaves and debris from gutters. After that, power washing the deck helps prevent mold and mildew, and adding a weatherproofing stain can further protect the space from moisture. Water hoses, fountains, and irrigation systems should be drained and stored inside until spring.
Storage Options From Grey’s Woodworks
Once you’ve finally completed these tasks, your gardening and lawn tools should also be stored for the winter. Need a place to put them? A fully assembled storage shed from Grey’s Woodworks can be delivered to your home, and you can even build your own custom design with our 3-D Shed Builder. Call Grey’s Woodworks at (845) 985-7006 to learn more!