Summer is coming to an end and many of us are turning our attention to fall. During the fall it’s important to begin preparing your yard for winter. The following tips can help.1. Evaluate Your Garden Take a good look around your garden to see how your plants are doing. Pay close attention to which plants have survived and which ones did not. Check to see if anything has outgrown its space.2. Add mulch Mulch helps retain soil moisture, suppress weeds and protect soil. Identify areas that can benefit, and add mulch as necessary. Be sure to brush mulch off any branches on shrubs as it can cause them to yellow.3. Power Wash Your Deck Over the summer, your deck gets a lot of use. This leads to an accumulation of dirt and debris. A power washer can remove dirt build-up quickly and easily. Before cleaning, make sure that you’re using the right setting for your deck.4. Keep Hardscapes Clean During the fall, leaves and debris can accumulate on hardscapes, staining them over time. The best way to protect hardscapes is to keep them clean of debris. Thinking of adding hardscapes to your property this year? Find out more!5. Clean and Store Grills and Backyard Accessories Fully clean your grill and backyard accessories before storing them for winter. Even though these items are made from outdoor-safe materials, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Cleaning them now ensures they’ll be ready to use next spring.6. Prepare Plants There are a few things that must be done to prepare your plants for winter. Deadhead spent blooms, remove finished annuals, weed and dig up any non-hardy bulbs.7. Invite Birds to Your Garden Attract birds to your garden by putting up a feeder. Birds do an excellent job controlling insects in your yard.8. Check Plants for Disease Inspect all plants for damage and signs of disease. Disease on plants can worsen over the winter and spread in the spring. Now is the time to remove or care for damaged or diseased plants.9. Prepare Roses for Winter Roses should never be pruned or fertilized during the fall. Just before the first frost, replace old mulch under roses with fresh. After the ground freezes, you will need to add even more mulch. This will position them to return beautifully next year.10. Clean Your Shed Prepare your shed for winter by clearing out and replacing old chemicals and oiling metal tools.Grigg Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscape design company. Please contact us for more information about preparing your backyard for winter.