The days are getting shorter, and there’s frost on the grass in the mornings. Sorry to say, but winter is on the way. The nice thing about living here at Poplar Ridge Apartments, in Fort Wayne, IN, is that the our maintenance people will take care of the community, but there is one area of your apartment you need to address yourself. And, it’s not even in your apartment, but just outside your patio door. Yes, it’s time to prepare your patio for winter.
it’s not hard, but here are a few simple things you can do now that will make things better come spring time.
First, prepare your outdoor plants. There’s nothing sadder than to go out on your patio on the first nice day of spring and stare at dead plants, especially when with preparation now, you can save those plants through the winter. Don’t have any plants out there? Go look, NOW! When you remember them, it’ll be too late, if it’s not already. Also, you can plant a winter garden. For an interesting article on Winter Planter Gardens, click here.
Clean and cover your patio furniture as well. Your furniture will last longer and stay a lot cleaner when protected from the snow and ice of winter. Remove the covers in May, and you’re ready to go for Summer 2013. You may want to use straps to secure some of the your furniture from blowing away during a winter blizzard.
Clean your grill, too. Get the summer of 2012 grease off of there. Once dry, spray metal parts with cooking oil, and that will help keep moisture off, preventing rust. You can buy grill and furniture covers at Lowes or Wal-Mart. If you have a nice grill and furniture, they’re worth taking care of.
Take this time as well to just sweep and clean off the summer’s dirt. You’ll have a fresh clean patio waiting for you in the spring, and it will look nicer on a sunny winter day when you open the blinds and start to dream of spring. If you’re really ambitous, there are concrete and woode cleaners you can get at builder stores like Lowes or Home Depot.
If you’re on ground level, and you use your patio exit during the winter, say to walk the dog, you’ll need to keep it clean all season. Now’s the time to make sure you have sidewalk salt handy, and a broom or shovel to clean off the inevitable snow. Living in an apartment, you probably threw your old snow shovel away, so head to Wal-Mart now and get a nice plastic one that you can put in a corner of your patio, waiting for the first big snow of the season. The maintenance guys will take care of the sidewalks and parking lots, just another great reason to live in Poplar Ridge Apartments.
You might also think about winterizing your car. Make sure you have salt, and a snow scraper. Kitty litter is helpful for getting out of slippery places.
Doing these things won’t stop winter from arriving, but they will help make your patio a warm and welcoming place in about six months, when Spring and Summer return to Poplar Ridge Apartments.