How to prep your yard for the holiday season

It’s the final month of 2020, and since spending time at home has remained a major theme even as the year winds down to an end, why not take some extra time to prepare your home and garden to brace for winter conditions? Now is the perfect time to go stand in the street and take a good look at your front yard. While it’s easy to imagine your property draped with a blanket of snow and some twinkling holiday lights, there are some other impressive ways to prepare your outdoor spaces before winter fully hits. 

Winterize your lawn and garden spaces

If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate where the snow has yet to take over, you might be able to sneak in a small trim of your lawn before the cool-weather season begins. This will ensure that your grass retains important nutrients throughout the winter months ahead. Also, be sure to pull any remaining weeds, fertilize your grass and garden, and trim your hedges so that they don’t interfere with future shoveling or snow-blowing. 

Install some low voltage landscape lights

While holiday lights are sure to brighten your home throughout December, there are still many weeks hence after that’s filled with winter darkness. So, while you’re busy hanging some Christmas lights with care, be sure to also install some low voltage landscape lights to help keep your garden spaces illuminated. 

When it comes to selecting the right type of low voltage landscape lights, the most popular fixtures homeowners choose are path lights, step-deck lights, floodlights, and a few LED garden lights. While path lights and step-deck lights are great options for highlighting walkways, stairways, and the surrounding area of your deck, they’re also essential for winter safety, as they brighten the hazards to prevent unnecessary slip-and-falls. Whereas, directional floodlights and LED garden lights are best used when you’re looking to illuminate foliage or provide more lighting to your outdoor areas for security purposes. 

Spruce up your yard’s decor

Holiday decorations shouldn’t just be reserved for your Christmas trees and living rooms. In fact, there are a variety of ways that you can celebrate the spirit of the season in your outdoor spaces as well, including decorating trees and shrubs with some colorful lights and placing a few festive inflatables on your porch. Of course, if you’re also hoping to spotlight elements from your yard’s display, you can use a few high-quality directional lights to beam rays of illumination in that direction. 

Prepare your home for snow removal

Although it’s not all that exciting, it’s important to think about how you’re planning to remove snow and ice from your home this winter. Stocking up on essentials such as ice-melt, and having a solid snow shovel and pair of gloves on hand will help you to tackle whatever mountain of snow you’ll face this season. Also, be sure to remember to salt your driveway, porch steps, and walkways, as well as the sidewalk in front of your property.

How else do you prep your home and garden for the winter season? Drop a comment below to share with our readers.