As winter approaches there are plenty of things you need to do to prepare your home for the cold weather. One of these maintenance tasks includes winterizing your garden. If you spend the time to winterize your garden ahead of the cold winter, your spring gardening will be much more rewarding!


In order to prepare your garden for the winter, all of your perennials should be cut back. Simply use a pair of pruners to cut the stems of the plants to the ground. Some people feel the need to leave a few inches of the stems sticking out from the soil. Keep in mind that this is really not necessary and it will detract from the beauty of new growth in the spring.


Annuals are only intended to be grown for a single season. As winter approaches feel free to completely remove any annuals from your garden. If you live in a warmer climate it is possible that your annuals may survive the winter months. Chances are you will still want to remove them come spring. Annuals tend to get leggy over time.


Mulching should be an important part of your winterization process. You want to add a layer of mulch that is approximately 2 inches thick around all of your plants. Mulching helps to insulate the root systems of your plants and offers additional protection from the cold.

There are several things you can use to mulch your plants. Consider using a mulcher to chop up autumn leaves. As the leaves breakdown they will add nutrients to the soil. You can also use pine needles that you have gathered from your yard. Bags of mulch that you purchase at the garden center are also perfectly suitable for this task.


Many people assume that evergreens are durable and not at risk during the colder months of winter. This is actually a misconception. The needles on evergreens have pores. When the cold wind hits these pores it can actually cause the evergreen to dehydrate. Eventually the evergreen will simply die.

In order to prevent your evergreens from dehydrating this winter, pick up a bottle of anti-desiccant. When you apply this to your evergreens it actually coats the needles with a substance that helps to seal in moisture!

Potted Plants

If you have any plants in pots that are breakable – think terra cotta clay pots – you will need to remove them from the cold. The pots are likely to break in the winter as water expands and contracts the material. Because plants in pots are not in the ground they do not have the same type of insulation from the cold like the plants in your garden do.