It's delightfully common for people to continue gardening through the end of summer and into autumn. That said, with winter just around the corner, there are some preparations your yard garden will need before wintertime fully begins.

It's easy to fall behind later in the autumn gardening season and too often people look at the garden in their backyard as snow is falling only to realize they haven't adequately prepared. There probably won't be apocalyptic damage if you forget to prepare your garden for winter, but you certainly risk losing or damaging some of your plants.

In 2016, the average expense for gardening and lawn care was about $141.06 per consumer. If you don't prepare your garden for winter, you're looking to cost yourself a bunch more in the spring and add several extra hours of work you could've saved with a little winter preparation. It's pretty easy, let's look at how your garden can be ready for winter.

  • Cleanup: Autumn makes a mess. Leaves, branches, fallen tree fruit/nuts, and other debris fall wherever gravity pulls them and there they'll remain unless you do something about it. If your garden is covered in junk that's not growing from it, your plants stand to be smothered or otherwise damaged. Clear up the debris and clean out your garden.

  • Spring ahead: Now is the time to be thinking of planting springtime bloomers. Select a few plants that will blossom in the spring and get a jump on planting ahead of time. They'll lie dormant during the winter and, instead of having to plant more in the spring, you'll be pleasantly surprised by your preemptively planted spring blossoms.

  • Protection: Winter is tough on plants, but they're doughty little sprouts. Many plants remain over winter, but they become delicious looking snacks to hungry critters in the winter. Protect them with wiring or whatever you need to keep your plants from becoming cuisine. Also, once your garden is ready, give the soil a top layer of mulch to keep temperatures even and warmer while winter takes us below freezing.

If you're not sure where to start on winterizing your garden, stop into your local outside garden center and ask a few questions. It's not overly laborious work and your garden will grow beautifully again once winter turns to spring.