Give your yard some ten­der lov­ing care

South Shore Breaker - - Events - CON­TRIB­UTED ed­i­tor@southshore­breaker.ca

Ev­ery fall, con­sci­en­tious home­own­ers do main­te­nance work on their homes in or­der to pre­pare for the win­ter.

But what about the yard, the deck and the flower beds?

These jobs will only take up a few hours of your time, but they en­sure that your out­door liv­ing area will re­main beau­ti­ful for years to come.

First of all, if your pa­tio or deck is dirty, clean the stones or deck planks thor­oughly with a stiff brush in or­der to avoid even more dirt build­ing up over the win­ter.

If this isn’t suf­fi­cient, use a pres­sure washer. This way, you’ll only have to give it a light clean­ing when spring re­turns, and you won’t have to waste any time be­fore bask­ing in the warmth of the sun.

If you don’t have enough room to store your gar­den fur­ni­ture in the shed or garage, cover ev­ery­thing with a good qual­ity cover.

To­day’s gar­den fur­ni­ture is el­e­gant and some­times ex­pen­sive, so it should be taken care of in or­der to pro­tect your in­vest­ment. En­sure that the cov­ers are strapped down so that they won’t blow away dur­ing a win­ter storm. The same ap­plies to your bar­be­cue.

Where the yard is con­cerned, be sure to cut the grass back to a height of five cen­time­tres, which is ideal for the win­ter.

Leave the grass cut­tings on the lawn. You can do the same thing with dead leaves.

The lawn mower will mulch them, pro­vid­ing an ex­cel­lent fer­til­izer for your lawn.

Lastly, don’t for­get to empty the earth out of your flower pots or they will crack dur­ing the first heavy frosts.

Con­trib­uted

Mulching the grass and dead leaves in the fall is a great way to fer­til­ize for a healthy lawn in the spring.

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