MILWAUKEE, WI (August 30, 2016) — Labor Day can be bittersweet. It’s the last long weekend of summer, and for many, it’s also time to close the vacation property for the season. The outdoor power equipment experts at Briggs & Stratton Corporation recommend focusing on three specific outdoor areas before shutting down the cabin, lake house or other summer getaway. Incorporating the following simple steps can help prep the outside of the home for its annual winter hibernation.
- Clean the Outside of the Home
A pressure washer is ideal for tidying up the outside area of the house. A light- or medium-duty pressure washer quickly tackles heavy-use and exposed areas like sidewalks, patios, decks, piers and siding. Washing with a detergent helps easily remove the layer of dirt, mildew and other grime that builds up over the year. Cleaning summer home surfaces ensures their condition for seasons to come. Briggs & Stratton’s POWERFlow+ pressure washer has settings powerful enough for tough jobs like grimy dock piers but gentle enough for jobs that can’t handle too much pressure like patio furniture.
- Clear the Brush
The combination of summer sunshine and rain creates perfect conditions to produce out-of-control plants. Rein in the brambles and rowdy bushes before winter with a hedge trimmer now, so returning in the spring requires less work. A string trimmer also will power through weeds, remove scraggly plants from pathways and trim sidewalks and driveways to clear up high traffic areas. Snapper® has introduced a new line of tough lithium-ion battery-powered tools that help get the job done. This line of tools is great to keep at the summer home because it requires little to no storage prep and can re-charge easily for the next season without worry.
- Cut the Grass
Take time to mow the lawn before heading out for the year. Even if snow isn’t far off, aerating, fertilizing and mowing are needed for grass to survive the tough winter months. When cutting, mow the lawn a bit shorter than during the summer. Shorter grass makes it easier for roots to survive winter stress and will allow it to green up more quickly in the spring.
Creating a routine each time the home is left empty for an extended period of time can reduce the likelihood of forgetting anything and keep work to a minimum upon return. Of course, before starting these chores, read the operator’s manuals for safety and preparedness instructions when using any outdoor power equipment. For more tips about cleaning, clearing and cutting, visit our PowerSmarts blog.