It was unseasonably warm in southern Ontario during fall and leading into winter, which meant an extended BBQ and deck season (every Canadian knows that if it’s above zero and there is no snow on the ground there is really no reason not to be out in your backyard).
The problem of course is that animals — specifically squirrels — don’t seem to understand this. They have internal clocks that tell them it’s time to get ready to nest until spring. So, as we’re outside enjoying ourselves, they’re sitting in trees watching and waiting for the right time to gather materials and food.
And what better nesting material for the winter than the innards of a nice, comfy patio cushion? This is exactly what happened to not one, but two of our cushions in the last couple of months.
The first one I found ripped apart behind our shed with nothing left inside. The second one I caught the rodent in the act, but it was too late to stop it. Instead, I recorded it as it went to town murdering the poor cushion. You can watch the destruction below.
To be honest, we’re not that upset over the cushions as we needed to replace them anyway. A greater lesson learned was that the weather can quickly change during the winter and if you don’t prepare in advance (i.e. early fall) you could end up with ruined patio furniture.
If you want to keep your patio furniture out year-round, get some that will withstand the elements. Teak, resin, cast aluminum and synthetic wicker (not real wicker) are all good choices that can be left safely out in winter conditions. Covers, such as the ones Lowe’s and Home Depot sell, can be used for extra protection. Glass table tops, cushions and umbrellas should all be properly stored inside.
Do you have tips for storing or taking care of your outdoor furniture? Share them in the comments below.