November 10

Outdoor Winter Preparedness Checklist for Indianapolis



Although it seemed like it was never going to really get wintry, all of a sudden the temperatures have plunged, and we are in an area wherein the chilliness seems colder than it ever has in the old days. Winds, rain, sleet, and yes, snow, are all on their way, so you have to make sure that you are prepared for their madness. Have you performed all that you may need to do ahead of the season begins to get as vicious as it can?

If you haven’t started getting ready so far, now is the recommended time to start. Take some time to work off some of that Thanksgiving turkey and drinks and go out into your yard to really see what could quite possibly materialize if you don’t think toward the near future.

Not very sure where to start? Here are four ways to prep for the time of year:

4. Winterize All Constructions

Yard covered in snow.
Credit: Rachel Coleman
  • Don’t neglect swimming pools, ponds, and porches
  • Take care to winterize landscaping and grass
  • Never skip your garage

Many people think that they only need to winterize their houses because that is the only spot they will really be throughout the storm, but that isn’t the situation. According to Weather Underground, many people fail to winterize various aspects of their properties, and that actually costs more money than the wreckage to your home would.

Winterize your pools, summerhouses, outdoor patios, and patios by disposing of anything that could blow away in a storm. Remember that ice and snow are much heavier than rain, so you really want to eliminate anything where snow can accrue, like awnings or coverings. Anything that presently has sitting water (like a water feature, birdbath, or bucket) will most likely solidify in the cold, so you have to account for growth as well.

Most importantly, you should always winterize your garage. While it is rare, if you do ever have to vacate your home or apartment because of the snow, you want a risk-free way to get to your car.

3. Safeguard Yourself From The Cold weather Outside

Snow lining a window.
Credit: Joaquin Solinas
  • Get and position storm window treatments
  • Use plastic on the indoors
  • Caulk any susceptible spaces

One of the most practical and straightforward things you can do to prep yourself and your family for this arriving season is to keep the cold from entering into your home. To do this, take a few cautionary measures that the American Red Cross strongly recommends.

The initial to walk around your home from the outdoors and the inside and see where freezing air may seep into your home. Common culprits are windows and doors. However, there can be cracks anywhere else. This will keep your home drier and your power rates down, as well as take away some of the threats that you might get a few rodents boarding in your home over the season.

Another great approach, primarily for those who live in close proximity to the water, is to get storm windows. These will not only secure your house from the cold and wind but can also help them remain safe if trash starts to fly during a really ferocious blizzard. If purchasing storm covers is too financially demanding, consider lining the insides of your windows with plastic for some supplemented defense.

2. Make Sure Your Gear is At the Ready

Little boy shoveling snow.
Credit: Oddharmonic
  • Keep everything in close proximity to your home
  • Always have a solid shovel
  • Have excess salt at the ready

One of the primary miscalculations people make when they are attempting to get prepared for the wintry weather season is that they get every detail prepared and then they don’t have it in close proximity to when the snowfall actually strikes. Will you need to find a shovel at some point? Of course. But how can you get it if we have 24″ of snowfall and the shovel is in your storage shed? Make sure that tools are ready and near your home at all times. Try putting it in your garage or on your porch. The CDC has a lineup of things that you need to be prepared for violent storms.

Take a look at all of the necessary gear, like shovels, ice scrapers, snow blowers, gloves, hats, chains, and anything else you may need to make yourself safe in the snow. Make sure that they will do their tasks properly and securely. It also isn’t a bad recommendation to have a couple of backups– just in case something goes wrong OR just in case you have a few helpers.

1. Investigate Your Trees

Snow covering a tree.
Credit: Paul Haeberlin
  • Look for any hanging branches
  • Be sure that they can take water and nutrition
  • Have risky branches removed

One of the most important problems you may encounter over the wintry weather months is tree care. Trees often tend to slow down a little bit in the winter season, but they are still enduring and need to be able to get nutrition and water. Be sure that the soil is enabling them to get what they really need– particularly once everything starts to harden up and become dense. You also want to make certain that going into this time, your trees are in good shape and have an excellent chance of survival if they do have to go for a bit in the absence of water or food.

Lastly, always consult with a professional tree service if you see any limbs that could pose a problem to your house, cars and trucks, pool, structures on your property, electrical lines, or the street if we do get a considerable ice storm or snow storm. These types of storms can weigh down trees and make it so that you have an emergency of your own in the middle of a weather-related crisis. According to the US Government, ensure that you have the phone number of a nearby tree care company in case you do have an unexpected emergency.

If you are in need of a go-to tree service business in the Indianapolis area, contact Menchhofer Tree Care today. We are an expert team of skilled professionals that take tree care, particularly tree care in the winter months, exceptionally seriously. Your trees and your safety and security mean a lot to us, so we want to do whatever we can to make you feel more protected this winter season.

Give us a call today at (317) 661-4240, and we can come to your residence to perform any maintenance needed before the season gets too bad or, in the event of a crisis, we can help you to clear up the circumstance as quickly as possible.

Header photo courtesy of June Marie on Flickr!

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About Steve Menchhofer

Steve Menchhofer has been caring for the trees of the Indianapolis, Indiana metro area for over 40 years. Steve and his team of experienced, certified arborists are members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Indiana Arborist Association.

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