Guide to Preparing your yard for winter
Guide to Preparing your yard for winter
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September 16, 2023

How to Prepare Your Yard For Winter

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Have you been considering winterizing your yard but are hesitant to hire someone to do it for you? Or do you lack the necessary resources to get started?

So, now that the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping, it's time to start planning how to get your yard ready for winter. Making the necessary preparations guarantees that your outdoor space will be in excellent condition come spring while also protecting your plants, trees, and turf. We'll cover key advice for preparing your yard for the winter in this blog post.

Before preparations start, ensure you have all the correct tools and equipment to make the process easier and faster.

Clean Up

Clean your yard well before winter arrives.

Give your yard a thorough cleanup before you get started on any other winter preparation tasks. Removing the debris that built up throughout the fall months will help. This not only keeps your yard looking tidy but also avoids potential problems like wintertime bugs and mold growth.

Cleaning the patio is part of preparing for the winter; even though you can still use your outdoor space in the fall, you may begin gradually putting away furniture you won't use then.

Trim your Trees and Undergrowth.

Maintaining your trees' health and shape requires proper trimming. Since most plants are dormant over the winter, this task is best done then. Eliminate any unhealthy or dying branches to stop them from falling during a heavy snowfall. Trimming your trees and undergrowth can also help them have a better overall structure and be more resistant to damage from the winter. This is a huge benefit as spring arrives since trees that have been properly trimmed will flourish.

Compost and Protect Plants

Compost can be spread around the base of perennials, bushes, and trees to protect the roots from excessive cold and temperature changes. Compost applied in a layer of two to three inches will aid with moisture retention and stabilize soil temperature. To stop the rot, remove compost from the trunks and stems.

Water Your Lawn and Garden Beds

Make sure to wet your grass and garden beds thoroughly before the ground freezes. Plants that are properly nourished are more resistant to the cold. Avoid overwatering, too, since this might cause the roots to rot. To ensure uniform and effective watering, consider purchasing a soaker hose or drip irrigation system.

Prepare your lawn

Don't forget about your lawn as you prepare for winter. To prevent matting, give it one last cut at a slightly lower height than usual. This improves airflow and lessens the chance of snow mold. To alleviate soil compaction and encourage root growth in areas of your lawn that have particularly hard winters, you might want to oxygenate your grass.

Cover sensitive plants

Consider using burlap or frost blankets to protect delicate plants and flowers that are vulnerable to winter frost. These coverings add a layer of insulation and guard against freezing damage. To stop them from being blown away by the wind, make sure they are tightly fastened.

Clean and Store Garden Tools

Once your yard and garden are winter-ready, it's time to clean and store your gardening tools. Properly clean and dry your shovels, rakes, pruners, and other equipment to prevent rust and corrosion. Sharpen the blades and oil any moving parts. Store them in a dry, sheltered place, like a garage or shed.

Consider having a garage sale if you have outdated tools or equipment so you can earn a little money.

Insulate Outdoor Faucets and Pipes

insulate all outdoor faucets and pipes

Your home and yard may suffer expensive damage from frozen pipes. Insulate exposed pipes and outdoor faucets with foam pipe insulation or heat tape to prevent this. Hoses should be disconnected and drained to avoid freezing. If it's possible, turn off the water supply to the exterior faucets.

Check and Clean Gutters

Ice dams and water damage to your home might result from clogged gutters. Make sure to clear out your gutters and drain pipes before winter arrives. By getting everything ready in advance, you can lower the chance of ice buildup on your roof by ensuring that melting snow and ice can flow freely.

Prepare for Snow Removal

Lastly, ensure you have the necessary tools for snow removal. Invest in a sturdy snow shovel or snow blower and keep it easily accessible. Stock up on ice melt or sand to prevent slippery walkways and driveways. It's much easier to prepare for snow removal in advance than to deal with it in the middle of a winter storm.


Preparing your yard for winter is a crucial step in ensuring the long-term health and beauty of your outdoor space. By following these essential tips, you'll be well prepared to face the challenges of winter and set the stage for a vibrant and thriving yard when spring arrives. Take the time to care for your plants, trees, and lawn now, and you'll enjoy the rewards of a well-maintained yard year-round.

If you’re moving and want a stress-free relocation during the winter, Capital City Movers is here for you. Get in touch with us for a free moving estimate at (718) 619-4881, and visit our website for more information.


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