It’s official – Minnesota winter is right around the corner. Before the snow starts falling, make sure your yard is ready to weather to foul weather all season.
1. Rake All Leaves
Any stray leaves left through winter will suffocate your lawn and can invite in disease. Now that the leaves are mostly done falling, it’s time for one more clean-up.
2. Check Gutters
Now is the perfect time to make sure your gutters are properly fastened to your house, so the weight of snow doesn’t tear them away. Clean gutters before winter starts and make sure downspouts extend away from your house by five feet or more.
3. Clean Patio
Leftover leaves can pose serious damage to your patio. Do one final sweep and apply a protective finish to help your deck guard against winter damage.
4. Shut off Outdoor Faucets & Remove Hoses
Drain water from all outdoor pipes, valves and sprinklers before shutting them off to prevent burst pipes. Bring in the garden hose for the winter so it doesn’t crack or become damaged.
5. Prune Shrubs and Trim Trees
Before the weight off winter snow pulls down a loose branch, take a proactive approach by trimming your trees and pruning your shrubs.
6. Wrap Young Trees
If you have any young trees in your yard, help them flourish come spring by wrapping them in burlap this winter to protect them.
7. One Final Mow
Before the ground finally freezes, continue to mow your lawn as usual to promote growth.
8. Repair Bare Spots
Now is the time to fix a patchy lawn. Treat any bare spots before winter hits to give your lawn the best shot come springtime.
9. Aerate and Reseed
10. Enjoy Some Apple Cider
After all that hard work, reward yourself with a fresh, hot cup of cider.