September 20, 2018 | Lara James
We all spend time winterizing our homes, changing air filters, closing vents, so shouldn’t we also spend time prepping our outdoor space for the cold months to come?  Getting your yard and garden in shape for winter can go a long way to a more beautiful outdoor space come next spring.  Here are a few tips to get you started.
 
Weed
Come fall we tend to get lazy and ignore the yard and garden we worked so hard on over the summer months.  Be sure to rake up dead leaves, as they can suffocate plants when they get damp and heavy.
 
Cut back your perennials
Hostas, lilies, ferns, even that mint plant should get cut back for the winter.  Not only does this look neater, but this will help the plants grow back stronger in the spring.
 
Plant spring bulbs
Winterizing your garden isn’t just about putting your garden to bed. It’s also about making sure it wakes up pretty in the spring. Plant tulip, daffodil, and other spring bulbs while the earth is still soft enough to work.
 
Pull your annuals

You’ll want to pull the annual plants that have dried up or browned. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck staring at dead plants all winter.
 
Bring in some of your favorites
Do you have a container outside that you just love?  Clean it up and bring it indoors for the winter.  This works great with herbs.
 
Plant a container 
There are plenty of winter-hardy colorful plants that you can add to your outdoor pots.  Ornamental cabbage, nemesia, pansy, viola, and other annuals can dress a pots all winter long.
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