“You want to make sure everything is as healthy as can be going into winter,” Winters said. That means cleaning up old leaves that may have diseases on them.
“Don’t leave those leaves on the ground,” Winters said. “When it rains in the spring, the fungus will splash up onto any surrounding plants and any disease problems that you had will just come back.”
For your garden, you will want to clean up damaged or diseased plants as well, Winters suggested. Once perennials have died, remove them by cutting them back. If you have a deer problem, deer repellent can help with this.
It is wise to cover any plants that may need some extra protection during winter. For any broadleaf evergreens on your property, a heavy fabric such as burlap will work well, Winters said.
You may want to put down mulch or compost in any vegetable garden beds to be tilled in spring, which will help you start off with healthy soil for next year.
Winter’s coming. Be prepared, be safe, and enjoy the ride.