November typically brings with it the first snow here in Albuquerque, and this year it has already happened twice! This is exciting for us ski enthusiasts. We watch the weather and the mountains beginning with the first snowfall until the last bit melts away.
With snow comes freezing temperatures which can wreak havoc on your landscapes. So before it gets too cold here are a few things you need to check on in your yard.
1. Rain Barrels: Freezing temps can ice these guys up and cause damage to the containers and the valves. Make sure the water is not over 3/4 of the way up.
2. Hoses: Assess all your hoses and check for cracks and leaks, then empty them of all water. Store any unnecessary hoses in a protective place out of the sun over the winter.
3. Wood Furniture: Store small pieces in protective areas, out of the elements. Larger pieces can be protected with covers. If that is not an option you can also reseal them. Just make sure you check the temperatures on the sealant to be sure you are within the temperature window.
4. Compost: Wet and turn your compost bin before the freezing temperatures freeze up your top layer.
5. Water Features: Winterize all water features as per your particular feature. Remember to drain all tubes and hoses of water.