The beauty of Fall should never be outdone by the amount of work required to prepare the yard for Winter again. Get the family out to help you with leaf clean-up, and engage the kids in planting by giving them a kitchen spoon to dig a hole and plant their own special bulb.
For more details on Fall yard clean-up take a look at this handy guide, but the points below have you covered for the basics of yard prep for the Winter.
Plan to move when indoor and outdoor temperatures are similar
Check the plant over for insects and treat accordingly
Gradually reduce light levels by moving pots into the shade and then indoors. Leaves may yellow and drop as plants adjust.
Plant Spring bulbs
Weed and remove grass
Clean up and remove annuals
Wrap less hardy perennials
Rake leaves. Some gardeners will mulch dead leaves and lay it loosely in the flowerbeds. This will provide extra nutrients to the soil in the Spring, and also provide protection from the Winter climate for the plants underneath it.
mow grass until it stops growing. Trim to 3.5cm for final cut.