I was listening to the weather forecast for the weekend, and it looks like it is going to get cold. One of the weather reports that I listened to called it January type of cold.

With the arrival of cold weather, it means that you need to hustle this weekend and get the last of the winter “must do now” things done.

One of the first things that you need to do is to go out to the shed or garage, get all those liquid garden chemicals and aerosol garden sprays, and move them into an area where the temperatures won’t go below freezing.

Garden chemicals that are in a liquid form should not be allowed to freeze. In some cases, once the chemicals freeze, the active ingredients diminish or become worthless.

The worst-case scenario would be that they freeze and burst the container. At that point, you may not know it until the spring when the liquid thaws and then goes all over your shed or garage.

The same thing can happen to aerosol containers. Exposure to freezing temperatures can cause the container to burst. Exposure to cold temperatures may also make the aerosol part no longer work. Come the spring when you try to use the aerosol spray, nothing will come out of the container.

If you have a basement that does not go below freezing, you can place the liquids there. As long as the containers are sealed and are not leaking, it is probably the place where most people will store the chemicals for the winter. If you have a heated garage, you could leave the chemicals in the garage.

If you don’t have a warm area for storage, you may be able to find someone who has a warm area and will allow you to store the liquids for the winter.

You have paid a lot of money for these chemicals. Don’t let the cold weather ruin these products. If they get ruined, you will have to wait for the next hazardous waste disposal date in your city or town to dispose of these products.

Cold weather also means that it is time to disconnect the garden hoses and drain all the water out of them. If you allow the water to freeze in the hose, the hose may burst.

If you consider what you have to pay for a good-quality hose, it is well worthwhile to store those hoses properly for the winter.

Once you have the hoses drained, you can coil them up and store them in the shed, garage or cellar.

You should also drain and bring out of the elements any hose nozzles or garden sprinklers. You will find that the little bit of water left in these watering tools is enough to freeze and burst these devices.

All of these things are expensive to replace, so a few minutes of draining the water out of hoses and watering tools will save you from having to shell out a ton of money next spring to replace those items that are leaking.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

Tim Lamprey has worked in the lawn and garden industry for 45 years. 

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