Cold Weather Preparation Tips ￼ Plan ahead to protect your home and property from winter storm damage. Be prepared Keep a bag or two of Vaporizer and a small hand shovel in the trunk of your car during the winter months or at the first sign of inclement weather. The weight of the bags will help your tires to grip the road under slippery conditions. If your car does happen to get stuck, a few handfuls of Vaporizer in front of and behind your tires can give you the added traction you need to break free and will save you from expensive towing costs. Be proactive • Trim back tree limbs that could snap and fall on your roof or gutters. For more extensive pruning, consult a professional arborist first for advice about how and when to prune and the safe way to take down large heavy branches • If you receive cable, phone or other services via overhead wires, check to make sure tree limbs are trimmed away from these areas, too. When in doubt, always phone the provider to make sure it’s safe to get close to overhead wires while you’re trimming. • Fall is a great time to move or remove plants that aren’t thriving. It’s also prime time for planting bulbs and dividing perennials. Before dividing perennials, check to be sure that fall division is appropriate (some varieties should be divided in the spring). Make sure that each section has at l least one bud and some roots. • Water trees and shrubs thoroughly a final time before cold weather arrives. • Protect plants from cold temperatures by insulating the roots with a thick layer of mulch. You may also want to wrap them with a warm covering before and during a severe freeze. Be cautious All trees should also be clear of power lines; however, this is not a do-it-yourself project. If you see a potential problem, call your utility for assistance, and do it now—before the advent of the first winter storm.
-Article courtesy of www.agway.com.