Protect Your Outside from the Freeze!

Hey guys! Miss Sandy here, just trying to stay warm, we had our first frost this week and I will be honest , I do not like  cold weather. That is one reason I moved to Texas, so I could escape the wicked winters! Ok…. there might be a few positive perks such as having a cozy fire burning in the fireplace,  snuggling under a big pile of poofy blankets, seeing the beauty of a fresh blanket of snowfall or sheet of ice on the trees, making our yearly snowman, AND  I DO get to wear  my fuzzy boots! 🙂 Yes we must protect ourselves and the family from the elements! But that’s not all we need to protect, here are a few cold weather protection tips for your outdoor plants and  your home.

Callie, Sugar and our SnowWOMAN! from last year!

YOUR PLANTS

Water trees and bushes thoroughly  before freezing temperatures arrive. Watering beforehand will prevent the roots fom getting damaged, also putting on a thick layer of mulch will help insulate the root system. Of course bring any potted plants inside if you can. Any plants remaining outside would be best moved so they are protected from the north wind, or they can be  covered the with  cloth. Wrap them gently instead of just laying it on top. Never use plastic,  plants need to breathe just like you!

Trim back or support tree limbs that could break and fall on your home or vehicles. Yes I have had this happen! 😦 Also  if  you can see where a heavy snowfall is weighing branches down, remove the excess weight to prevent damage to the tree.

All trees should also be clear of power lines and cable lines; however, this is probably not a do-it-yourself project. If you see a potential problem, call your utility company for assistance, and do it now—before you get hit  with a nasty storm!

YOUR HOME

Clear gutters and downspouts so they  will function properly when you need them most. Plus it will be less mess and work in the spring!

Make sure there aren’t any drainage problems that create standing water on steps, patios or sidewalks. Prevent those potential falls on slippery surfaces. Well-drained surfaces are less likely to crack or crumble in a hard freeze.

Protect outdoor faucets and pipes. Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers or wrap with old towels. Check your sprinkler system manual  so you’ll know what steps to take in case of a severe freeze. Disconnect and drain garden hoses. Drain any other water features you may have such as birdbaths.

Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows. Making a draft catcher is a easy inexpensive way to prevent some of the chill from coming into your home! Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.

Inspect your fireplace and have cleaned if you need to. And have firewood ready! You don’t want to miss out on the cozy fire!!

Well I got another busy day so time to slip on my Uggs  and get to it. Take time  to do some of these preventative protection ideas for your home and plants and stay warm! 😉 Have a great weekend!

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