Homestead Garden – Prepping your patio for winter

Colder weather is moving in, which means it’s time to start thinking about patio furniture storage. Before you start clearing the space, take a few minutes to go in with a plan. As you do, here are some questions you might be asking yourself.

Can you leave patio furniture outside during winter?

This depends on a few things. If your furniture isn’t made to withstand bitter cold, snow or ice, you should store the furniture in the garage or shed. For furniture that is not meant to weather a Maryland winter, it’s best to wash the patio furniture and then store it in a dry place. Items that are made from stone, concrete or terracotta should be stowed away before the snow and ice hit. Cushions should always come inside for winter. If you purchased your furniture at Homestead Gardens (or not!), feel free to call our experts in the patio department for advice on how to best protect your furniture year-round.

What else do you need to do to prep the patio for winter?

Whether you’re leaving your patio furniture outside for the winter or storing it inside, you need to clean it. Wash the cushions, spray the benches and wipe down the chairs. Clean and cover the grill, store your accessories (like umbrellas) and wash the surface of your patio. Cleaning, covering and stowing patio furniture will extend its use, and it’ll look nicer, too.

How can you make the most use of the patio in the winter?

Even though the cooler weather is around, there are plenty of ways to use your patio during the winter. Adding a small fire pit or a space heater (both available at Homestead Gardens!) is all you need to put your patio to good use this winter. And by getting it prepped for winter now, you can save time later.

Preparing your patio and patio furniture for winter can ensure that your outdoor belongings are exactly where they need to be for the cold weather ahead.

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