With winter coming up fast, it’s always a good idea to prepare. Ensuring your heat is working and checking your windows for gaps or cracks are important. However, many business owners focus on the inside of their building, while ignoring the outdoor area. Follow these helpful tips to learn how to get your commercial property ready for winter to keep things looking fresh in the spring.
Aerating Your Grass
Aerating is a process where you relieve soil compaction by introducing tiny holes all over your lawn. This allows for water and nutrients to reach deeper into the soil. If you only have small sections of grass outside your business, you can use a hand aerating tool. However, if you have a larger area, you may need to get rent some heftier equipment to get the job done.
Moving Your Delicate Plants
Certain plants don’t hold up very well in winter climates; moving them is a great way to get your commercial property ready for winter. If your business decorates with tropical flowers to draw people in, but you live in a colder area, you should carefully dig them up and transport them to an indoor pot for the winter. You may also consider wrapping the roots in burlap for larger, delicate shrubs to help insulate them from the colder temperatures.
Adjust Lighting Fixtures
If you have any outdoor lighting fixtures in the public areas or parking lot of your commercial property, you may need to make some adjustments to them throughout the winter months. Remember to adjust them according to daylight savings if you have them on a timer. If your fixtures are solar-powered, winter snow may affect your fixtures by blocking the panels from light and weighing them down. Take the time to regularly check on your solar-powered fixtures throughout the winter to ensure they are functioning optimally.
Winterize Your Outdoor Plumbing
Protecting your outdoor plumbing is essential if you live in an area that tends to experience below-freezing temperatures. Turn off the water for your outdoor irrigation systems like hoses, sprinklers, and other similar water sources after ensuring there is no more water left in the pipes and tubes. This process prevents water from freezing inside the pipes and tubes, leading burst pipes and other damage.