Backyard Winter Maintenance Tips

The leaves falling down into your backyard are nature’s way of announcing you that winter is coming, so you need to prepare your garden for the cold weather. Leaves that tumble down onto the ground are essential for the buds of spring, because they offer the earth compounds that will nourish spring buds. Therefore, you shouldn’t remove leaves from the ground before winter.

Keep the snow under control

A snowy garden has a magical charm. Not only that, but the snow also protects the dormant plants from frost. As such, you shouldn’t bother removing it from your garden. However, it is essential to clear your pathways and your driveways in order to give your yard a neat look. For that purpose, we advise you to invest in a good snow blower. If you are unfamiliar with these devices and you need help deciding on a particular model, study the reviews posted on

Protect your perennials

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Since leaves turn into fertilizers for the soil, you should spread as many leaves as possible over exposed soil to provide your perennials with mineral nutrients. Next, you need to pull up the debris and the dying plants around your flower beds, because they can attract overwintering insects, affecting your other plants. Since perennials are plants that can live for more than 2 years, you should create a proper environment for them, so make sure they won’t be affected by any disease or pests by removing infested plants.

Get your fish pond ready for winter

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Here are the steps that you need to follow if you want to prepare your lovely water garden for the months ahead:

  • Remove leaves to prevent them from decomposing in the water, and cut back all the plants located in the pond and near it.
  • Assuming that you are not planning to run your fish pond during the cold season, we advise you to remove the filter media and pump from the water, and store them accordingly.
  • Add a floating heater to prevent the surface of the water from freezing, and an aerator or a pump that forms bubbles at the surface to oxygenate water for your fish. Use beneficial bacteria for cold water to allow your pond to look good during the cold season, too.
  • Stop feeding the fish when the water temperature is lower than 55 F, because under these circumstances, their digestive systems slow down, so it is not recommended for them to eat.
  • Cover the pond with netting to prevent leaves and debris from getting into the water.