It’s that time of year again when the days are getting colder and shorter. What a perfect time to get your yard and garden organized! Wait, what? Yes that’s right, now is the perfect time to take stock of your gardening supplies, prepare your yard furniture for the inevitable snow, and think about what you want your garden to look like next year. Of course, one of the most important tasks you can do is to get rid of anything that you didn’t use this year.
Here are a few suggestions:
• Take in all the toys and tools that have been sitting around the yard. Are they broken? Repair them or discard them. They won’t magically fix themselves over the winter.
• Bring in all the lawn chairs. Cushions should be protected either by a waterproof cover or storage shed.
• Invest in covers for your patio furniture, grill, and fire pit. www.improvementscatalog.com offers a wide range of covers.
• Get all the water out of your hoses. Roll the hose all the way out in the yard. Raise one end of the hose above your head and walk hand-over-hand down the length of the hose, letting gravity drain the water. With no water in the hose you can safely roll it up and leave it outside. Don’t forget to turn off the water to the outside faucets, and leave the outside faucets fully open for the water to drain.
• Store your gardening chemicals where the temperature doesn’t vary as drastically as it can outside (A basement is ideal). If they are going to expire over the winter, get rid of them now.
• Consider putting your bikes UP in your garage. The Container Store sells a bike lift system that allows easy access to your bike while keeping it off the prime real estate of the garage floor. View The Container Store bike lift
• Check out your snow blower now. Make sure it starts. If you left gas in it over the summer, there’s a good chance you will need to get your carburetor cleaned or possibly replaced for it to easily start. Don’t forget to get gas and oil for the snow blower.