Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Home

Even though the Boulder weather has been mild lately, the cold is going to be here any day now. Don’t let it sneak up on you. Get your home ready for the winter with these quick tips!

GARDEN:

Dethatch and aerate your lawn

Thatch build up is caused by excessive clippings accumulating after mowing and will weaken your lawn. Raking after mowing can help reduce thatch build up.  Aeration helps air, soil activators, and water circulation, thus ensuring a healthy grass in the spring.

Fertilize, fertilize, fertilize!

Talk to one of our Green Vests about winter fertilizer for your lawn and garden. Higher potassium content is what you’ll be needing for the winter months and will help make your lawn disease and drought resistant.

Plant bulbs in the fall for spring blooms

Many bulbs and tubers can be planted in the fall while the ground is still workable. Talk to a Green Vest to see which bulbs are right for you!

Protect your plants with frost cloth

Protect your delicate plants from frost with frost cloth, insulating plants while letting them get moisture.

A light frost happens when the nighttime temperature drops below 32° F. This is when ice crystals form when water vapor condenses and freezes without first becoming dew. Many plants can survive a brief frost, but very few can survive a hard freeze (at least four consecutive hours of air temperatures that are below 25° F). Frost damages plants by causing the water in plant cells to freeze, damaging the cell wall. Repeated freezing and thawing, or very rapid thawing can be particularly damaging to plants.

Frost can happen any time now. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the first fall frost for Boulder is on October 1, and even earlier for higher altitudes. Find more cities here: https://www.almanac.com/gardening/frostdates

HOME:

Insulate your windows

Lower heating costs and save energy with window insulation film. Putting plastic film over a window is almost equivalent to adding an extra pane of glass on the window.

We have a large selection in-store, so make sure to stop by to find the right film for you.

In a pinch, you can insulate your windows with bubble wrap with large bubbles. Simply mist the back (flat side) of the bubble wrap panel with water, and gently stick them onto the window.

Stop cold air in its tracks with draft protectors

Save money on heating bills by keeping the cold air outside. Stick draft protectors under doors and windows to save energy.

Insulate your pipes with pipe wrap

Protect your pipes from the cold by insulating them with foam pipe wrap, making them less prone to freezing. Water expands when it freezes, which puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, whether it be metal or plastic pipes. This expanding water can cause pipes to break and/or leak, causing many problems down the road.

Drain and protect your sprinkler system

Make sure all the water is blown out of your sprinklers and outdoor pipes so they don’t burst. Unhook anything from outdoor spigots (including Y-connectors) to make sure it fully drains.

Here’s a great video explaining how to blow out your sprinklers yourself. Otherwise, call your local landscaping company and they’ll do it for you.

We do offer faucet covers and sprinkler backflow covers, but these don’t guarantee 100% protection from damage, so make sure they’re drained well. The covers insulate these fixtures so they aren’t damaged by the cold.

Use de-icing cables to prevent roof damage

Prevent roof damage and keep gutters free of ice with de-icing cable. It can also be wrapped around pipes to prevent freezing. Since heat rises, the frost/ice on top of the roof melts and flows to the lower parts. The eaves and lower parts of the roof are the areas that gets the least heat. The moisture re-freezes and expands, sometimes underneath the shingles, damaging the roof. The heating cables are applied to the eaves and lower parts of the roof, letting the moisture travel all the way to the bottom of the roof, preventing damage.

Find these and many other heating cables and accessories on the endcap of aisle 23.


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