Winterize your garden in 6 steps

As autumn paints the landscape with its warm hues, it’s the perfect time to prepare your garden for the winter slumber. The efforts you put in now will ensure that your garden bursts back to life with vigor come spring. So, pull on your gardening gloves, and let’s get to work.

winter garden
Riccardo Lo Re

Step 1: Give your lawn a final mow

At this point in the season, your grass won’t grow much. Mow your lawn one last time, going a bit slower and lower than usual to prevent moss and weeds from taking over. If you’re keen, you can mow in winter too, although it’s not essential. Avoid mowing when it’s damp or frosty to protect your lawn.

Step 2: Prune thoroughly

As long as the frost hasn’t set in, it’s safe to prune your hedges, trees, and bushes. For perennials that have stopped blooming, cut them back to ground level. This not only tidies up your garden but also encourages healthy growth in the spring.

Step 3: Plan for spring

It may seem far off, but autumn is the ideal time for planting bulbs. Tulips, daffodils, crocuses—they all need to be nestled into the garden now to ensure a vibrant display come spring.

Step 4: Leaf collection

Fallen leaves can suffocate your lawn, blocking light and air. Rake them up, but there’s no need for a daily sweep—wait until they’ve piled up. Tip: Add the leaves to your compost heap to recycle them into organic fertilizer later on.

Step 5: Shelter your potted plants

When temperatures dip below freezing, pots and planters are at risk of cracking. Move them to a shed and bring out heat-loving plants like basil or olive trees. If you can’t bring your plants inside, protect them with a layer of straw.

Step 6: Secure your garden furniture

Clean your garden furniture and cover it with a tarp or store it away to protect it from the elements.

Preparing your garden for winter

Winterizing your garden might seem like a chore, but it’s a labor of love that will pay off when spring arrives. By following these steps, you’re not just tucking your garden in for the cold months; you’re setting the stage for a spectacular spring comeback.

Remember, a little effort in the fall can save you a lot of trouble when the weather warms up. It’s about protecting your investment and enjoying the fruits of your labor when the cycle of growth begins anew. So, embrace the crisp autumn air and get your garden ready for its winter rest.