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Top 10 things to winterize

Like it or not, winter is coming. Get these things checked off your to-do list before the snow flies!
  • The barn

    Barns are built to last for decades and withstand the elements, but winter is hard on outdoor structures, especially old ones. You'll want to replace boards and doors that are damaged, but you may not want the barn to be completely air tight. If livestock are housed inside, you'll need ventilation. Also, examine electrical wiring and lighting to make sure everything is in good shape.

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • The lawn and garden

    From planting and storing bulbs, to clearing out flowerbeds, to protecting roses, there is a lot to be done to get ready for winter! Check these items off your to-do list.


     

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    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • Outbuilding pipes

    Since frozen water pipes can be a major inconvenience, it's a good idea to take the time to winterize outbuilding pipes before cold weather hits. The easiest way to keep your pipes from freezing is to simply cut off the water supply and drain the pipes completely. If you need to keep the water flowing throughout the winter, however, here are a few tricks you can try:

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • The lawn mower

    This is the last time of year when most people think about their lawn mowers, but taking a little time now to winterize your mower will help ensure it's ready to go when the grass begins to grow. The most important thing you can do to winterize your mower is drain the fuel.

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • Your trusty tractor

    When there is snow to plow and livestock to feed, you need your tractor. Make sure it's running in tip-top shape this winter with these handy tips:

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • Your gas cans

    Gasoline doesn't store well. If left in the can, it turns cruddy pretty fast, sometimes in as little as 60 days. It'll happen more quickly depending on how the can is stored. Learn how to properly store gas in cans so it will be ready to use in the spring.

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • The irrigation system

    Before winter, disconnect the pump to your irrigation system, drain it, and bring it inside. If you have a backflow preventer, do the same. Shut off the supply to yoru irrigation system, and make sure the main shut-off valve is freeze-proof.

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • Your home's exterior

    In addition to keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, plugging exterior cracks will help make sure no insects or rodents decide to pay an unexpected visit. Do any needed caulking on the exterior of your garage, shop, or other outbuildings as well.

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • Your driveway

    If there are any cracks or potholes in your driveway, now is the time to fix them! Once show settles into those areas, the damage will get worse, as the moisture freezes and thaws over and over again. While you're at it, install snow fencing along your driveway, lane, or other areas where drifting is known to be a problem. The time to put up snow fence is before it snows, so don't waste any time! 

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013
  • Your animals

    As colder weather creeps in, it's your job to make sure your animals are warm, safe, and cared for. Here are some tips for getting your furry, feathered, and finned friends ready for winter.

    Date Published: October 19, 2012
    Date Updated: November 20, 2013

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