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Winter Home Maintenance in Florida

It may not snow in the Treasure Coast or Sunshine State, but we are not without other concerns for the winter season. Many areas in Florida experience cold weather, including sudden frost that can cause tropical plants to die. To keep your plants alive and beautiful, make sure to cover them with a sheet to protect from frost before dark to trap warmer air. Ideally, coverings shouldn’t touch foliage.  Before sundown, water the soil to raise the overnight air temperature around the plants. Filling gallon jugs with water and placing them in the sun during the day to warm will also help. At night, move the jugs near the endangered plants. The water jugs will moderate air temperature. As it freezes, heat will be released.

Another winter concern is clogged rain gutters. Gutters are designed to channel water away from the foundation of a home. They are critical to protecting a home’s structure. Left untended, gutters and downspouts can get so clogged with debris that they’re rendered useless. The excess weight of leaves, twigs, and standing water can also make them sag. If your home has an abundance of trees, have your home watch company check and clear the gutters.

On brisk, windy days, litter and debris can end up in your yard. Items left on a lanai can blow over. These are all things that Argos can take care of for you during your vacancy!