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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal


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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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3 Ways To Get Your Well Ready For Winter

Before winter hits, make sure that your well is ready for winter weather as well. You only need to do a few things to get your well ready for winter.

#1 Keep Landscaping Away From Your Well

You want to keep landscaping activities away from your well. You do not want to put down fertilizer or weed killer need the area around your well. The fertilizer and weed killer could seep into the soil and get into your well. Fertilizers and weed killers can really do damage to the quality of your water. It is easy to keep your water quality great though; all you need to do is keep away substances that can harm your water. This is easiest to do if you keep landscaping and your yard away from your well. Try to decorate the area around your well with simple things, such as bark dust or gravel, that look nice and are easy to take care of.

#2 Check The Pump Cover

The one part of your well that sticks out above the ground is the pump. It is the most vulnerable part of your well. Before winter hits, check the cover on your pump. Make sure that the cover is solid and doesn't have any cracks in it. You may want to wrap the cover in a layer of insulation for the winter as well. Adding an extra layer of insulation on top of your well cover will help increase the insulation quality of your well, will help protect your well from the elements and will help ensure that your well doesn't freeze up at all this winter.

#3 Provide Some Warmth

You do not want your pump freezing or any of the pipes that go into the ground. Provide some warmth for your well but putting down an insulation blanket over your well area. On top of the insulation blanket, put down a couple of inches of bark to provide additional insulation. If your well is not covered, you may want to consider putting a little house around your well. The house doesn't have to be big; something resembling a small dog house would work great. This will help keep the elements, such as snow, away from your well and protect your well from the wind and debris during the winter time. 

Get your well water system ready for winter by keeping harmful chemicals away from the well area, checking out the pup cover, and providing a little extra warmth and insulation to you well to keep it from freezing and malfunctioning this winter.