Get Your Garden Winter-Ready in 7 Steps Being proactive in the garden during the fall can help you have a more leisurely start in the spring. Following these tips can help you maintain a garden that’s the envy of all your neighbors. Protect Tender Bulbs Overwintering your tender bulbs ensures that they don’t die out completely when the frost sets in. Keep potted bulbs indoors in a cool area and water them sparingly so that the soil isn’t dried. In spring, these pots can be taken back out into the garden for a new growing season. Let Your Roots Thrive Aerating your soil includes removing plugs of soil to loosen up the ground. This allows more space for the grassroots to spread while also creating more space for nutrients, air, and water to enter. Aerating the soil helps maintain a good looking and healthy lawn. Keep the Lawn Trimmed Dead leaves and other debris along with snow causes matting that hampers the growth of new shoots in spring. Cut your grass short and rake away fallen leaves as this helps reduce the growth of snow mold. Use Fall to Fertilize and Reseed A good lawn needs to be fertilized once every three months. If you want to get by with just the basics and still have a beautiful, healthy yard, fertilize only in the fall. Ask your local garden center about the best fertilizer for lawns. As grassroots multiply in cooler weather, fertilizing in fall allows the roots to absorb, store energy and nutrients. The fallen and cut leaves can be shredded into tiny flakes that decompose into mulch. This is a natural fertilizer, and your plants will thank you for it. Reseeding is also best done during the colder and damper months after summer. The cooler weather gives your seeds enough moisture to germinate and fall fertilizers help them off to a good start. Water Your Lawn in The Fall Like most plants, lawns need watering in autumn too. Watering at this time, when the growing season is coming to an end helps your lawn recover from the stress of summer. Fall watering ensures that your garden gains strength for the cold months and also allows fertilizer to dissolve and soak the soil. Care for Your Equipment Draining out garden hoses and storing them away before the cold sets in will ensure that they don’t freeze. Frozen pipes and hoses often burst and replacing them could be costly. To prevent freezing of your garden sprinkler system, consider using an air compressor to blow out the remaining water. Be cautious while doing this as without water to lubricate the sprinkler system, plastic parts may wear out. Wrap up Your Lawn Tractor Keep your lawn tractor lubricated and dry before storing it away for the winter. In an unused engine, moisture can cause corrosion. Prevent this by spraying an oily mist inside the cylinder below the spark plugs. Cover the air intake and other openings so that critters don’t use the free space to hibernate. It doesn’t take much to keep your garden healthy during the warmer months, but with a little planning and a few useful tips, you could quickly get your patio ready for the cold winter months too.