In our area this year, forecasters are predicting a heavy winter. For some reason it’s stressing me out that there is a possibility of a strong winter in our area. Maybe it’s because Arkansas is ill-equipped to handle nasty winter weather or maybe it’s because I am not looking forward to putting my feet onto a cold floor at 5:30 am instead of snuggling with my heavy blanket. I am one of those weirdos who can’t sleep in socks, but I hate it when my feet are cold! ICK!
All of these forecasts have made me think about a solid fall prep list and getting ready for the potential winter. I thought I would share a to do list and some items you may want to consider purchasing just in case you need them.
Get that final mow finished!
We are notorious for not doing the final mow of the year. Not that the yard looks BAD per se, but it keeps it from looking perfectly tidy in the winter. It also makes it a total pain in the butt when we start raking.
Rake the Leaves!
I have 6 fully grown oak trees and 1 stupid annoying sweet gum tree in the yard. 7 trees worth of leaves. SEVEN. This year after the final mow, I really would like to try mulching leaves on a weekly basis, but if they fall too fast they will end up in the raked and burn pile. I am going to work really hard on it this year because if we wait until they all fall it takes ALL DAY to rake. 🙁
Clean out the gutters
Are we the only people on the planet who still have no guards on our gutters? If anyone wants to volunteer to come and install gutters with guards for us completely free, I’ll kiss you. Otherwise, we (and by we I mean my husband) will be on the roof or a ladder with the trowel destroying the hard work of every squirrel in the neighborhood and trashing their acorn stash.
Watch for the final hummingbirds of the season and put away your feeder
We’ve had a lot of hummingbird activity for the last few weeks and I am guessing it’s because the birds are trying to put on weight for their final migration. Wait for a week or so after you see the last bird and put your feeder up for the season. 🙁
Prune your trees and only your trees!
Pruning encourages growth, so leave the bushes alone. However, inspect any trees on your property, especially if you have branches or trees near your roof. Examine all of the major branches and especially any large branches. Look for splitting bark or even branches that are already damaged. Consider trimming them yourself or hiring someone to take out the big branches. The last thing you want during an ice storm is a branch on your car or in your home!
Clean up your garden tools!
Oil your handles, scrub off any rusty spots with a steel wood pad, and make sure they are clean in and good shape before storing them for the winter. Make sure you have a shovel easily accessible for snow removal (maybe even keep it indoors)!
Make an Emergency Preparation List and stock up early!
Please don’t be THAT person. The person who is screaming at the employee in Lowe’s or Home Depot about the store being out of generators in the middle of a snow/ice storm. Um, the same goes for GAS. If you have a generator and there is a forecast for bad weather go buy some gas. These other items would also be great selections for an emergency kit:
Candles/Hurricane Lamps and oil/wicks (I adore my hurricane lamps)
Propane area heater
Cordless Can Opener
Bottled water if you’re on a well
Extra Feminine Products (Oh yes, I said it.)
Board Games, Cards, coloring books, books, or any other form of non-electric entertainment!
Salt for the walkways around your home.
I hope these tips get you and your family prepared for the winter months! Have you started prepping your home for winter yet? Tell me what you’ve done!