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Five yard projects you should tackle before winter comes

If you’re winding down a season of gardening, backyard entertaining and enjoying your deck or patio, there’s only one thing left to do – tackle a few fall projects so you’re ready to pick up where you left off next year. Fall’s not only a great time to enjoy milder weather and fantastic leaf displays, but also a season to take care of some simple lawn and garden projects that will ensure your outdoor space is ready to go once the weather warms up again.

Here are five projects to tackle before you retreat indoors for the winter.

1. Prep your deck and siding. Have a deck in need of staining or a house in need of painting? Now’s the time to tackle these projects, as paint and stain tend to function better when temperatures are mild – and you won’t have to beat the heat while you work. If you’re in need of a pressure washer to get your surface of choice ready for staining or painting, the 2.5 GPM, 3000 PSI Powerhorse Gas Powered Pressure Washer from Northern Tool and Equipment will help you get the job done right.

2. Manage your timber. Late fall is a great time to trim trees or remove trees or stumps once the leaves have fallen. The Worx JawSaw offered by Kotula’s is a sensible chainsaw for homeowners looking to tackle tree-trimming projects. Its extension arm is helpful when cutting hard-to-reach branches and the scissors-cut design limits kickback and offers more control. Take a minute to read these safety tips offered by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) before operating a chain saw.

3. Make use of fallen trees and stumps. Once you’ve trimmed and chipped the extra lumber around your house, it’s time to put it to good use. The Northern Tool and Equipment NorthStar Log Splitter is great for chopping branches and stumps down into the perfect size firewood. Stack firewood in a rack so it will dry out in time to use in your fireplace during those frosty winter days. Or use wood chips as mulch to keep the ground insulated around the annuals in your garden.

4. Store and maintain lawn furniture. Fall is also a great time to refinish wood lawn furniture before you put it away for the year. And if you’re looking for some new furniture, you might find some great season-ending deals. Or if you don’t have the storage space, you can always cover your patio furniture. Kotula’s offers a number of patio covers to fit your needs.

5. Dress up your mailbox. If you’re in need of a new mailbox, replace your current one before the ground freezes. Make sure your new mailbox is far enough from the curb so it doesn’t become a snowplow casualty. Adding an all-weather mailbox like Diamond Plate Aluminum Mailbox from Kotula’s will also ensure that mailbox replacement is not an annual ritual. While you’re at it, think about adding a flower bed to the base of your mailbox for a more inviting look. Prepare the flower boxes and soil now, and even plant some bulbs that will blossom in the spring.

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