Follow these tips to protect your plants and everything in your garden for the winter months.
Clean your outdoor furniture, then store or cover it to protect from fading and mildew from snow
Drain your garden hoses, then roll them up and store them away. Don't let water freeze inside the hose! It can cause cracking.
Shut off the water to the outdoor spigots (if you're able), then wrap or cover them.
Cut back your tender perennials to the ground or just above for marking.
Remove dead and/or broken branches from trees and shrubs. This will encourage them to grow full and lush come spring time.
Limit serious pruning to "only as needed" to prevent insect damage or fungus.
If you have pest problems in your yard, wrap the base of tree trunks and shrubs with hardware cloth to prevent chewing.
Take houseplants inside after checking them for aphids and other insects.
Mow the leaves to use as mulch around your other plants.
Use manure tea to naturally soften the soil for better drainage.
Perform end-of-season maintenance on your lawn mower before storing it away for winter.
Scrub and clean your outdoor grill.
Sweep and spray clean your porches, decks, patios and walkways.
A little bit now goes a long way in the spring when outdoor chores start piling up.