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Keep Your Backyard Looking Good Throughout the Winter with These Gardening Tips

by Jane Smallman, All About Lawns Columnist

Some people consider winter a time to tuck yourself and your plants up warmly against the cold weather, but even if you aren't expecting your garden to be covered in snow, there are still things you can do to keep your backyard in good shape until next spring.

The effect of winter on the plants in your garden will depend largely on the part of the country you live in. If you regularly experience snow and low temperatures during the winter, there are a few things you can do to prepare your backyard for the cold season and keep your plants healthy.
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  • Pull up any annuals in the garden as soon as they begin to fade. If you leave them to be killed off by the first frosts you will have to lift soggy heaps of green matter that are more difficult to handle and make your backyard look untidy.
  • Cut the lawn. If you have mild winters and it keeps growing you can continue to cut it, but remember to raise the height of the mower blades! A neatly mown lawn will keep the garden looking good.
  • Freshen up any backyard hard landscaping by blasting with a pressure washer or scrubbing with a broom to remove any slimy or dirty patches.
  • If you have any containers planted with evergreens or winter bedding to bring some color to the garden during the cold season, you can stop them from freezing by wrapping them with an insulating material (such as bubble wrap) or moving them to a sheltered position (such as beneath a porch).
  • Lift any bulbs that are sensitive to the cold and store them in a dark, cool place.

Once these seasonal chores are over, sit back and plan what you are going to do with your backyard next year.


About the Author
Jane Smallman runs a mountain guiding business with her husband. Her early training was in hotel management and she has worked in the hotel industry in France, Holland, the US and the UK.

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