Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Winterizing the Yard Before the Cold Hits

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Winterizing the Yard Before the Cold Hits

I don't know about your areas, but this year it feels like we didn't get much of a fall. We went from scorching hot days, straight to winter coat weather. I probably only used my light, fall jacket about 5 times this year! I hate seeing the warm weather leave, but what I hate more is having to prepare the house and yard for cold, winter weather. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it, right? It snowed on Halloween last year, which totally caught us off guard since that has never happened here before. We hadn't even started winterizing the yard, and with the snow cover, it was a real pain trying to get the leaves to the curb and get everything else in storage. This weekend is our last nice weather weekend, so we are jumping the gun and getting the house and yard prepared for winter weather before the cold really hits. Here is what we'll be doing to get prepared:

Move all patio furniture and lawn ornaments to storage shed.
Clear out garden beds of dead vines, flowers, stems and weeds.
Empty out flower pots and move to storage.
Remove all hanging plant baskets 
Rake leaves to the curb for pickup.

Jason will be taking care of all the indoor winterizing, thankfully! But, I'll be going through all the dresser drawers and closets, switching out all spring and summer items for our warmer attire. One thing that we made sure to do already this month was turn on our furnace to make sure everything was running properly. A few years back we learned the hard way that it's best to test your furnace BEFORE the winter hits. We were stuck with needing heating repair on one of the coldest days of the year. Not Fun! Even the dogs weren't impressed.


It was a day of cold toes, runny noses, and desperately trying to stay warm until the repair man came. At least the stove worked so we could get a little warmth into our bodies by sipping on some hot cocoa.

It's going to be a long, tiresome weekend and I'm sure I'll be feeling the sore muscles well into next week, but once it's all done, I'll be excited to just sit back and enjoy the upcoming holidays knowing I've got all the winter chores done for the season.

What are you doing to winterize your home before the cold hits?


19 comments:

  1. we test our furnace or gas tank usually with first colder Autumn days :) Better to be prepared! We've been heating for weeks now... it's almost zero at nights. No Autumn this year, straight into winter. The pooch looks like a sandworm from DUNE :)

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    1. The pooch loves being wrapped up like a swaddled baby. She looks so silly, but it makes her happy. The fat, black pug can't stand blankets touching her though. So, she'll sit here and suffer when it's extra cold.

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  2. Good you get it done beforehand indeed. Don't want to tick the pups off again haha been okay weather here so far.

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    1. Nope, don't want to make those pups mad. Then they tear stuff up lol.

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  3. I don't know what I would do if it snowed!! My kids have only seen snow once in their lives, and that was back in 2009 - they are now 10 and 11, and even then it melted the next day. Yuck on the heating repair, though - that sounds awful!!! Yay for hot cocoa!!

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    1. I am sure they were excited for the snowfall then! I live close to Lake Michigan, so we get lake effect snow and it really sucks. I am dreaming of the day we can move south!

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  4. We just brought in the hoses. It's cold out there.

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    1. It really is getting cold out there. I took Allison to the movies today and she was whining that it was cold. Well, that's what happens when you leave the house without a jacket! She said, "I didn't know it was cold out." Ummm, it's almost November. You should probably think about taking one with you every time you leave the house from now until May lol.

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  5. We had the washer dryer on the back porch for 25 years. Every year we had to wrap the plastic around to make sure the pipes would not freeze. Now we have converted in into a laundry room. This winter we don't' have to do much

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    1. I didn't realize it got so cold in South Carolina, Adam. At least not where you had to wrap your pipes.

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  6. We have to put plastic over our windows (on the inside). Our house is oldish and the windows are drafty, so we need to keep them out!

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  7. I live in an apartment so not too much for me to do. As for the weather--first it was freezing--then the next day hot--then cooler again--I have no idea what to wear yet!!

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  8. Great tips for winterizing - I am so sorry you did not get much of a Fall season. Fall is my favorite time of the year and so far it is still Fall here. Fingers crossed for a long one.

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  9. I'm pretty much the worst about winterizing because I'm so tired of working all summer long outdoors. I have got to devote one more weekend to that!

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  10. Well, not too much here in Florida. I had wanted to get the front porch screened in this year so we could enjoy some of the cool weather (it's just cool here, not COLD) without mosquitoes and such, but didn't quite make it. Maybe next year!

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  11. I have my back yard all finished for winter. I need to work on the front but my yard waste can is full. They will empty it Tuesday and then I can finish.

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  12. Take out all our winter gear and check the thermostat :)..I hope it gets warmer this year...

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