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How to Maintain Your Backyard During Winter

 

Now that the temperature outside has declined, it is a great time to get outside and to make sure your yard is prepared for the long winter ahead. It’s easy to think that you can leave everything the way it is. After all, the snow has covered everything up. However, properly maintaining your property, your lawn, and your yard items will ensure that everything is in good shape come spring.

Plants

Taking care of your plants not only protects your yard, but also can protect your home as trimming trees and shrubs can prevent ants from entering your home. If you have very delicate bushes or small trees, you can use burlap to wrap them up. This will protect them from frost, ice, and snow. It’s a good idea to have planted your vegetation in early spring. This would have given enough time for things to have rooted down properly before the temperatures dropped.

Lawn

If it’s a sunny winter day, you might see some leaves on your lawn. Make sure you clean them up before the snow completely covers them up, as you don’t want to leave them on the ground for the entire winter. If you do, by the time spring comes around and everything thaws out, you’ll be left with a very thick mess of leaves that has partially broken down. You won’t be able to just mow over them. It’s a lot easier to rake them up when they’re still fairly dry.

Furniture

If you have patio furniture that is unprotected from the elements, you should

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