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Getting your outdoor area ready for fall and winter


Chagrin Valley winters can be chilly, so it’s important to prepare your outdoor area before the temperatures drop. Consider these tips on how to keep your landscaping, garden, decking, and outdoor living spaces protected and how you can continue to enjoy them even in the colder months.


  1. Clean and store summer furniture

    Before the snowflakes start to fall, it’s crucial to clean and store your summer furniture. Deep clean any outdoor cushions and pillows, wash furniture frames, and let them dry thoroughly before putting them in your garage or storage space. Different materials will have different cleaning needs, so make sure you’re using the appropriate method for wood, plastic, metal, or wicker pieces.

    Remember to store your summer furniture in a dry and covered area, and consider investing in protective covers to shield them from the harsh winter elements.

  2. Invest in quality outdoor winter furniture

    Winters in Chagrin Valley can be chilly, but that doesn’t mean you have to retreat indoors completely. Consider investing in quality outdoor winter furniture designed to withstand colder temperatures, as well as fixtures that will allow you some quality time outdoors. Options include fire pits or outdoor heaters, cozy outdoor sofas and chairs, and even weather-resistant rugs to create a welcoming outdoor seating area.

  3. Keep up with fall landscaping and maintenance

    Chagrin Valley has some of the most beautiful fall landscapes, but it’s essential to prepare your outdoor space for the falling leaves.

    Keep up with regular maintenance tasks like raking, trimming back perennials, and winterizing your garden beds. Don’t forget to mow your lawn one last time and clear your gutters to avoid any blockages caused by fallen leaves.

  4. Install outdoor lighting

    Ensure your outdoor space remains well-lit during the fall and winter months with outdoor lighting. Consider investing in energy-efficient LED lights or solar-powered fixtures to keep your outdoor area illuminated, safe, and inviting. Additionally, pathway lights, lanterns, and string lights can add a warm and cozy ambiance to your outdoor space.

  5. Add fire features

    Nothing beats the chill of a Chagrin Valley evening like a crackling fire. Consider installing a fire pit to create a cozy gathering spot in your outdoor area. Fire features provide warmth and light, while also serving as a focal point for outdoor gatherings during the colder months. Gather around the fire with your loved ones, roast marshmallows, and enjoy the crisp air.

  6. Add some winter planters and decor

    While many plants may go dormant during the winter, you can still add a touch of life to your outdoor area with winter planters and decor. Choose cold-resistant plants like evergreens, snowdrop flowers, or winterberry holly to add a pop of color and texture. Additionally, consider adding festive decor like wreaths, garlands, and outdoor ornaments to celebrate the holiday season.

  7. Keep your pathways and driveways clear

    Keep safety in mind during the fall and winter months by regularly clearing your outdoor pathways and driveways. Falling leaves and snow can create slippery conditions, so invest in a good quality snow blower or shovel and ice melt to keep these areas safe for walking and driving.

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