Make sure your firewood supplies are stocked and be sure to sweep your chimneys before lighting the first fire of the season.
Stake your driveway with 6’ snow stakes to guide the snowplow in the right direction. Be sure to speak to the plow drivers ahead of time if there are new plantings or driveway patterns they need to be aware of when plowing!
If you have containers that can stay outside all winter (cast stone, fiberglass, or composite materials), put them to good use and fill them with beautiful winter or holiday arrangements. Use bundles of cut greens, red-twig dogwood branches, white birch branches, pine cones, lanterns, and more to create unique containers to carry you through the winter.
If you have pottery that cannot stay outside during the winter (clay, glazed ceramic), empty their soil, give them a nice wash, and store them upside down in a garage or garden shed.
Help keep our fine-feathered friends fed and happy through the winter months. Install a bird feeder and keep it stocked with suet or seed. Suet feeders attract a wide range of birds, like jays, chickadees, titmice, mockingbirds, nuthatches, and wrens. They’re also less messy than seed feeders and won’t need refilling as often (but be sure to keep an eye out in case the birds are particularly hungry and go through the suet faster than usual). If you want to attract specific birds, like cardinals, look for carinal-specific food and feeders. Site your feeder near a window for maximum viewing opportunities!