We all know how extreme Wisconsin winters can be. But don’t worry! It’s important to take the necessary measures to protect all your outdoor furniture, pool, and/or spa. The cold, moisture, and wind that come at this time of the year can’t stop you from enjoying your backyard. Don’t let it hinder the long life of everything you have in your outdoor living space. With the proper maintenance, care, and precautions, you’ll be good to go for the cold season. At Juniper, we have a few expert tips to help you get your backyard ready for the Wisconsin winter.
Move Things Inside
One thing you can do to get your backyard ready for the Midwest winter is to move whatever you can inside. If you have a place for your grill, outdoor furniture, and other backyard accessories, store them or use them indoors for the winter. You can even use your hot tub in a sunroom or garage for the cold season if you want to. (Juniper can help you move your spa inside if you’re interested.) Maybe your patio furniture can be put to use in the basement or another location for entertaining guests when it’s too cold to host them outside.
Keep Everything Warm and Dry
Moisture on its own can pose a threat to the longevity of your patio furniture, but freezing temperatures add to the potential damage. Without taking proper precautions, you could end up with cracked, rusted, or soggy furniture. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your furniture and other backyard items. If you’re not able to put everything inside your house, that’s okay. We have a lot of other tips for storing patio furniture.
Maybe you have a shed or storage room where you can keep some of your warm-weather accessories for safekeeping. Consider investing in a shed for storage if you don’t have one already. Not only do they look great, they are also functional for protecting all your equipment, furniture, and other items from the elements. If you don’t have space indoors or in a shed, you can shelter your furniture under a covered patio. There is also a myriad of protective covers available for anything you could need to protect. In any case, there is definitely a way to ensure that you get your backyard ready for the Wisconsin winter.
Close Your Pool for the Winter
If you have a pool, you will probably need to close it for the cold season. You won’t be swimming in the icy conditions anyway, right? (If you’re interested in swimming all winter, a swim spa is a great option.) It’s crucial to close your pool properly to protect it from any damage and make sure that the water stays healthy. There are several things to do to prepare your pool for winter:
- Thoroughly clean your pool and all its parts
- Test and balance the water
- Add necessary pool chemicals, including winterizing chemicals
- Drain and flush filters and pump
- Plug the skimmer or lower the water level
- Cover the pool
Check out this article for more details about how to close an above-ground pool. If this all seems like a lot, we are happy to take care of it for you. Juniper’s professional pool closing service is available to you in the Appleton area. Our experts will make sure your pool gets the best treatment, and you won’t have to sweat the details of winterizing your pool this year.
Protect Your Spa from the Elements
Winter is prime hot tub season, and we want to help you enjoy your hot tub or swim spa during the cold months. Nothing feels better than a relaxing soak in your warm, toasty spa after a long, chilly, Midwestern winter day. But you’ll need to make sure that you protect your spa from bad weather. Here’s how:
- Refresh, test, and balance the water before it gets too cold
- Leave your hot tub running and warm to prevent freezing
- Check on the water every day to make sure it stays warm, clean, and balanced
- Cover your spa with a top-quality and securely fitting cover
- Clean your spa cover regularly and consider using a spa cover cap
Like we mentioned earlier, you might choose to move your spa indoors as an alternative. Whatever you choose to do, Juniper has everything you need for prepping your hot tub for the cold season. And don’t forget about our valet service. We can take care of your spa’s maintenance for you this winter.
Close Your Spa if You Won’t be Using it
Maybe you will be traveling most of the winter, or just have no interest in using your spa while it’s cold out (although it’s arguably the best time). If, for one reason or another, you won’t be using your hot tub or swim spa this winter, you’ll need to winterize it for the season. These are some of the steps involved in winterizing your spa:
- Turn off and unplug the spa and breaker
- Drain the spa
- Drain the plumbing
- Remove filters
- Make sure no water is left in the spa or any of its components
- Clean the spa
- Securely cover the spa
We’re happy to help you winterize your spa if you don’t plan to use it during the cold months. If possible, though, we recommend that you take advantage of every season to enjoy your hot tub or swim spa!
Now you know how to store or cover your outdoor furniture and accessories, close your pool, and take precautions to protect your spa. Your backyard should be all set for the winter here in Wisconsin. If you have any questions about prepping your backyard for the cold season, feel free to contact us and our experts will be happy to help. Don’t forget about our pool closing service, spa winterizing service, and maintenance services. Our family-owned business will offer you the best service and highest-quality products in the Appleton, Wisconsin, area. Drop by our store for everything you need to make your backyard a personal oasis. Let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you get your backyard ready for the Wisconsin winter.