It’s no secret that the bite of cold winter air and bleak weather conditions can have a damaging effect on the outside hard landscape, including fencing and paving. And with temperatures anticipated to drop over the coming months, now is the perfect time to plan, prepare and execute your winter landscaping jobs.

So, what are some of the most common jobs and what best practice methods and materials are available to support these repair, maintenance and improvement solutions?

Fence posts Winter weather, especially strong winds and heavy rain, can play havoc with wooden fencing – causing extensive and sometimes expensive damage. If customers don’t want a costly mess on their hands come spring, make sure to help them inspect for any unstable fence posts that might fall victim to a heavy storm.

If fence posts need to be reset, then a quick setting, no mix concrete product, such as Blue Circle Postcrete, can be used for fixing wooden, concrete and metal posts. Around 25% of the post should be buried below ground. Then, simply fill the hole one third with clean water, hold the post in position and pour the Postcrete evenly around the post until dry powder is visible on the surface. The post is held by the Postcrete after a few minutes allowing you to move on to the next one. This way you can put in three fence posts and hang two fence panels onto them in less than 10 minutes.

Repairing damaged concrete Cracks and spalls in concrete can be annoying at the best of times, but you could have even greater problems when they appear in the dead of winter. Concrete can take a battering from the elements during harsher weather and often rainwater seeps in to a minor defect, freezes, and expands and then causes cracks to appear on the surface. Remove any debris and loose materials from the affected area. Once dampened, pour in a dry quick repair concrete (readily available in bags) and spread and level using a straight edge such as a float or trowel. Sprinkle with clean water, compact and smooth finish and leave to set for 30 minutes.

Finally, tools should be properly cleaned before they are put away. A light film of oil on trowels, shovels and other tools will help to protect them from rust. Great tools can be expensive and a great investment when taken care of.

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