Winter is not the best season for your garden, to the point that a large part of the autumn months is spent preparing the garden for winter, by sweeping leaves, doing last-minute lawn care and making sure that there is not too much extra work to do in the early bloom of spring.
A similar approach can be taken with patios as well. Even though the stone and concrete blocks are very strong and can weather the elements well, there are certain steps you can take to avoid potential cracking and weather damage that may require flags to be replaced in spring.
Sweep And Pressure Wash Your Patio
As you sweep leaves away from the lawn, make sure to do the same with the patio to avoid mould and algae from forming when spring arrives, which can cause some problems when it grows and spreads.
As well as this, use a pressure washer to give your patio an intense, deep clean that will help to remove even the slightest bit of dirt and debris.
Keep the nozzle about a foot away from the surface of the stone to avoid causing damage to the surface or affecting the seal.
A dedicated sealant is ideal for extending the lifespan of patio stone, intensifying the colour and reducing staining.
Typically you need to reseal the stone every three years, so if it has been a while since you have done so it may be worth resealing before winter to avoid any water getting in and causing damage through the freeze-thaw cycle.
Avoid The Salt
When particularly frozen temperatures come, one instinct that many people should avoid is reaching for the salt to melt the ice and frost, as well as grit the path.
The reason for this is that salt can do a lot of damage to patios and gardens alike.
It degrades the mortar holding the slabs together, can cause corrosion damage to the natural stone and can even seep into your lawn, causing damage to the roots of plants.
Instead, use anti-slip mats to get where you need to go and regularly move them to avoid dirt build-up.
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