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Winter Tool and Yard Maintenance Checklist

Winter Tool and Yard Maintenance Checklist

Jan 07, 2016

The weather outside is frightful. Part of the time, anyway. Take advantage of sun breaks and complete this list of tasks before it’s too late.

  • Bring your potted plants indoors if you haven’t already! Keep them indoors until the last snowfall of spring to ensure a long, healthy life.
  • Trim trees and woody perennials to keep them healthy come Spring. (Better late than never, but you’d better hurry).
  • Spread mulch around the base of your plants and shrubs to prevent damage. Think of it as natural insulation from the cold.
  • Drain last years’ gas from your snowblower so you don’t ruin the carburetor. Fill it with fresh gas and keep it ready to go. Make sure the chute is clean and greased. It’s also a good idea to change the oil now, if you didn’t take care of that in the Spring.
  • Get your chainsaw maintenanced ASAP. You’ll want to be ready if heavy snow causes tree damage requiring you to cut some branches.
  • Clear heavy snow accumulation from vulnerable tree branches by gently brushing the snow off limbs and boughs. Do not attempt to remove ice from branches as you could cause serious damage to the tree.
  • Clean your water features regularly so they don’t fill with leaves, pine needles and other debris that can stress your pump. Even better, cover them up so animals don’t fall in.
  • Take your mower in for maintenance or do it yourself so you’re ready for Spring. Get rid of old gas left in the tank, chance the oil, check the spark plugs, clean the underside and sharpen the blade. While you’re at it, sharpen your other yard tools, too.


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