Excellent suggestion to use the stuffed large yard bags filled with leaves. Only I worry about fire fuels too close to the house. Thanks 74 and Mountain Biker. I think an advantage of being in a cold weather zone is that many punks and opportunists will remain home or INSIDE until the weather breaks, notice how street robberies decline during the cold or when NBA basketball games are being aired.
Buying army surplus wool blankets is always on my mind when I finally make my way to a surplus store, they can sell as low as 20 bucks (or at least one did in 2010!).