A Minnesota winter is no joke. Lucky for Minnesotans, we’re up for the task. Preparing your lawn for winter and winterizing outdoor equipment are essential items on your fall to-do list. Of course, it takes a bit of preparation, but it’s well worth it to avoid costly repairs and extra work come spring.
Start Winterizing Your Property in the Fall
Don’t wait til the first freeze to get moving on winterizing your property. Begin getting your land ready as soon as the leaves begin making their grand exit for the year.
- Rake up leaves and debris from your lawn and gardens to prevent mold and other problems during the winter season.
- Fertilize your lawn with a winter blend to provide it with the necessary nutrients during the winter months.
- Mow your lawn to a shorter length to prevent matting, which can make your lawn more susceptible to disease during the winter.
- Protect sensitive plants by building enclosures out of burlap or wood frames and covering them with plastic sheeting.
- Prune trees and shrubs to remove damaged branches. Shape to allow snow to easily fall off.
- Winterize irrigation systems by draining pipes and backflow preventers, and disconnecting water supply lines.
Preparing your lawn and landscaping for winter will make your job that much easier when the snow melts next year.
Protect Your Equipment
Protecting your equipment from the harsh winter weather can prevent damage and extend its lifespan.
- Clean your equipment and store it in a dry place to prevent rust and corrosion.
- Change the oil and filters in your equipment to ensure they’re in good working condition.
- Add fuel stabilizer to your equipment to prevent the fuel from freezing and causing damage.
Be Ready for Snow
Snow is a fact of life in Minnesota. It comes down fast and accumulates quickly, making it difficult to get around. And shoveling snow up here isn’t exactly a sustainable chore.
- Place emergency kits in your garage and vehicles in case you get caught in a storm when you’re on the road or in the field.
- Install snow cabs, plows and other winterizing accessories before the snow hits. Snow plow installation lets you clear paths quickly and efficiently, keeping your property safe and passable.
- Test your snow blower early to make sure it is in good working order after being dormant all year. This will give you plenty of time for any necessary service or replacement.
Remind Winter That Minnesotans Don’t Mess Around
Preparing for winter is an annual rite of passage in Minnesota. Get the gear and services you need from a trusted local provider. Minnesota Equipment is here to help with everything from trimmers to snow plow installation.
Visit one of our four metro locations in the Twin Cities, or explore our knowledge center for more tips and advice on winterizing your property and equipment.