Garden Maintenance Tips: Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Winter Maintenance

Seasonal care is a crucial part of garden maintenance. Here are some basic tips to prepare your garden and ensure its health throughout the colder months.


  • If you have winter vegetable crops, put a thick layer of mulch around them. This will help to protect them from the cooler temperatures until they are ready to harvest.
  • Gather any leaves that have fallen during late autumn and add them to your compost pile.
  • Remove any dead vegetation from your garden and add what you can of this to your compost pile (make sure to check the dead material for seeds and avoid adding these to the pile).
  • After removing the dead vegetation, till the soil. This can cut down on weed growth when spring arrives. You may want to add some organic compost and till this into the soil also.
  • Move houseplants indoors. To help the plants adjust to an indoor climate, place them in your garage or shed for a couple of days. Before moving them inside, inspect for bugs or spiders.
  • Remove weeds from flowerbeds to prevent further growth in early spring.
  • Prune or cut back and divide perennials. Put a layer of mulch over them to protect them from uneven, cold temperatures.
  • Consider planting shrubs for next spring and summer. This will ensure their roots can establish before spring.
  • If you have one, prepare your outdoor pond for winter.
  • Following these garden maintenance tips will stand your garden in good stead for winter and promote healthy growth when spring arrives.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about garden maintenance.