Fall Landscaping: How to Prepare your Yard for Winter

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Bring delicate potted plants inside.


If you have potted plants that don’t do well during colder weather, be sure to bring them inside!


Clean up garden beds.


Start removing debris, fallen leaves and branches, and weeds.  Removing decaying plant debris can decrease the likelihood of plant disease as well as keep a neat and tidy appearance to the planting.


Remove dead and dying plants.


Remove any plants or flowers that are dying or already dead.  And, while you’re at it, cut back your ornamental grasses as part of your fall landscaping process.

Add New Plants.


Fall is a great time to install new plants as cooler temps are easier for plants to tolerate.  An added plus is that insects and pests are less likely to attack your plants as many of them die off or go dormant.



 

Plant bulbs.

Plant bulbs in the fall time so that you’ll have beautiful flowers in Spring!  Some popular bulbs you might enjoy in the yard include:
Crocuses
Tulips
Daffodils
Hyacinths


Rake Leaves.

Do not allow leaves to build up on your lawn as they can smother your grass, prevent sunlight from reaching it, allow disease to take hold, and inhibit future growth.
 

Winterize water lines.


Water left in plumbing lines can freeze and cause pipes to burst.  Avoid possible damage by removing hoses and splitters from outdoor spigots and turn them off so that water doesn’t get trapped inside. 

Clean your gutters.


Gutters can get clogged over time by leaves and other debris.  Clean them out so that rainwater can flow easily through the gutters and downspouts.

So, there you have it.  Keep these Fall Landscaping tips handy so you don’t forget all of the things you need to do to prepare your landscape for winter.

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