This is how to winterise the outdoor area at your company


It's slowly getting colder, the trees are losing their leaves and the air is starting to smell of snow. Time to send your company's outdoor facilities into hibernation.

But wait, just a moment.

Don't forget to prepare the outdoor area for winter and bad weather beforehand. Only if you take the right precautions will lawns, hedges and water pipes survive the cold season in good shape. We're sharing the points that matter with you.

Why you should winterise outdoor areas

Of course, in autumn you can simply sweep the leaves from the paths, empty the ashtrays and wait for winter to come. But there are at least three good reasons to do more:

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Protection from damage

If you don't take any precautions, sub-zero temperatures, snow and ice can cause serious damage. It might just be the garden furniture that gets damaged, but it could also be the pipes that burst.

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Attractive greenery in spring

If you get lawns, hedges and potted plants properly prepared for the winter, you'll be able to enjoy vivid green and lots of pretty flowers again next year. Otherwise, there is a risk that you will end up with bare patches and dead plants.

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Less work once winter is over

Good preparation saves a lot of work. In spring, there'll be no damage for you to repair, nor any extra work necessary to revitalise your green areas.

When is the right time?

There is no fixed date on which preparations for winter are done. If it is still warm in late autumn, you can wait longer – and vice versa. You're best doing most of the work between mid-October and early November. Once the first frost sets in at night, then it's high time to get the job done.

Checklist – how to winterproof your outdoor facilities

Preparing outdoor areas for winter involves many small jobs. Here are the most important ones:

A final tip – it pays to think ahead

You've heard it before: the first snow usually falls when no one is expecting it. To make sure that you have everything you need at hand, check that you've got grit and – if necessary – salt spreaders and grit containers in stock for when you need them. This ensures you'll have peace of mind regardless of when winter arrives.

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