With the changing of the seasons, we are getting close to the time when ducks migrate south and people migrate indoors. Before waving adiós to the feathered friends, donning those parkas, and turning on the furnaces, take some time to tidy up your outdoor living spaces. Depending on the type of outdoor deck accessories you have, you may need to take measures to protect them from the elements. Those that may be damaged by the frigid temperatures and heavy snowfalls will need to be stored away. Pick up trellises, planters, furniture, and garden gnomes, and put them in your shed for the winter.
Don’t forget to check on and below the deck for kids’ toys, dog toys, and anything else that may have been hidden or lost or otherwise out of sight. If you have integrated deck planters, consider the living things in them. Unless they are very hardy perennials or evergreens, it is likely they will not make it through a harsh Minnesota winter. So say goodbye to those petunias and sweet peas and either put in hardy plants or put those beds to rest.
Finally, take a look at the condition of your deck. Sweep up any debris from trees and plants, including leaves, pine needles, and dirt. This will not only keep your deck clean, but will help to prevent mold and mildew. If you do have mildew, now is the time to remove it. If you have a traditional wooden deck and deck handrails, fall makes a great time to restain or add a water-repellent wood finish. If you have a maintenance free deck from UglyDeck.com, go ahead and put away your accessories and sweep off the deck. At that point, you are pretty much done!
The UglyDeck.com Minnesota deck builders have your back when it comes to deck designs and outdoor deck materials that stand up to the winter weather. Come see what we have available at the UglyDeck.com showroom in Shakopee, MN. Our team will help you with deck restoration, deck refinishing, or deck replacement before the snow and cold prevent it. Get started by receiving your free quote today!