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Protecting Outdoor Living Spaces: Fall and Winter

outdoor-living-oasisWhen you are a person who loves outdoor living, you spend lots of time getting your backyard or patio looking just the way you imagined, which usually requires a lot of work along the way. The last thing you want at this point in time is to let the elements take over your area and ruin your picture perfect outdoor living oasis. You will want to take precautions along the way to protect your outdoor items and keep them looking beautiful. Begin by taking inventory on what the rain, snow, or ice may damage. Once you have decided what items are more vulnerable to the elements, you can start the process of preparing for the fall and winter months.

Storage

Depending on what is in your outdoor living arrangement, you may want to consider storing some of the furniture or at the very least store the cushions. Having space dedicated for your outdoor living furniture or lawn ornaments in the off season may help in protecting your investment.

Covering

If you do not have the space to store your items, covering them is the next best choice. Purchase heavy duty vinyl tarps to cover fountains, grills, and outdoor living furniture. Make certain that the fountains are drained before covering it for the colder months. If you have wrought iron furniture check for rust spots that may need to be scraped and repainted before the weather turns cold. Once your items are prepared, you can use ropes or other bungee type material to secure the tarps in place.

Tarps that are not secure and wrapped tightly around the object may allow rain or snow to get on the item and cause damage. There is also the chance that the unsecured tarp will allow a small animal to get under the tarp as a means for warmth. If these animals do damage to the furniture, it could cost you more money in the long run for replacement costs. Another choice for protecting your outdoor items is specifically designed coverings, such as certain ones that are for covering outdoor furniture or grills.

When purchasing cushions for your outdoor living space, buy items that are made with water-resistant materials in order to protect from the extra moisture that fall and winter weather bring. Purchasing water-resistant cushions in the beginning is another way to protect your investment in your outdoor living space.

Plants

Plants can add that extra special touch to your outdoor living space. However during the cooler months, plants need extra care. If the plants are in reasonably sized pots, you can bring them inside for the fall and winter. Many plants cannot survive in the colder months because the root system gets damaged as the ground freezes.  Once the roots are damaged, the plants will not survive.

If the potted plants are too big to bring inside, insulating the roots is the next best thing you can do. Wrap the base of the planters with a heavy insulated material that will help keep the roots warm. There are also special foam insulated coverings that can be purchased to help plants that are not potted to survive the colder temperatures.

Water Faucets

Outdoor water faucets that are used for lawn and plant watering need extra care in the colder months. Make certain to take care of all garden hoses before the weather turns cold.  Garden hoses that are left out can become damaged and need replacing. You can also buy an insulated outdoor faucet cover.  The cover will help protect the faucet, and even the pipes, from getting too cold and freezing, saving you money.

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