Preparing our garden for winter

October is almost over and it keeps on getting cooler here in Toronto. Most of our trees still have their leaves, but I’m sure that won’t be for long!

We spent yet another weekend – Or rather at least one day this weekend doing some more yard work in order to prepare our garden for winter. This time we were busy putting away things like our solar lights, garden ornaments and trimming back some of the plants that had become overgrown. I also took some time inspecting my rose plants and I cut out any dead branches that I noticed.

When the trees finally start to drop their leaves we’ll gather up some of the leaves and put them on our garden beds as we normally do each year. A good layer of maple leaves on our plants seems to help protect them through the winter.

Most winters we don’t get a lot of snow. Oh we get snow, but it snows, then it melts and we have a week or two of deep cold but no snow cover .. so if the plants are bare and exposed to all that cold it can really hurt them – so at least the deep leaf cover helps. Then of course it will snow again and our garden will have a foot or two of snow on it for a week or two until it melts again and that will keep the plants and ground insulated for a short while .. but the temperature changes the garden goes through through the winter because of our lack of good snow cover yet fairly cold temperatures can be quite hard on the plants if they aren’t prepared in the fall.

Do you put mulch or leaves on your garden beds in late fall to protect your plants over the winter?

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  1. maria jose says:

    Nice. above given tips really help you in preparing your garden for winter season. You have to do planting according to the season . Thanks for giving such a wonderful information.

  2. Berks Lawncare says:

    Here in Berks county it usually doesn’t get too cold for too long, but leaves on the beds can certainly help.

  3. Yes, preparing the garden for winter is a must if you want to preserve your plants for spring and summer next year. Your tips are really good and useful. Here, it’s always green inside out at Austin luxury condos and we think less about the harsh effects of winter to the plants, which is good for busy people like me.

  4. asheville tree service says:

    Winter can be such a pain, you know? you invest all that time nurturing your garden and then it gets cold out…we def. add mulch and leaves to our garden in anticipation of winter.

    • Well it’s only a pain for us in that we don’t get to enjoy it – is that what you mean Ashville? I mean … the plants that I grow in my garden generally need a cool season in order to thrive in the warmer seasons.