It’s important that you not start too early; the best time to start the winterization process is in late fall when the leaves on the trees are falling consistently and are turning brown. First you want to start with taking indoors all potted plants. Anything that is left outside should be wrapped in burlap. If you have plants that grow near walkways where you may salt, protect them – salt kills plants.
Clean all the debris off your lawn. You should also rake up all leaves. If it snows and the leaves are still there it can cause snow mold, which can destroy lawns. You can also put out mulch. It helps to act as an insulator for plants, protecting them against frost and snow. It also helps plants keep their moisture.
I know it may sound like a lot of work, but these are things you really need to consider doing in order to keep your lawn and plants ready for springtime. Winters can be brutal, especially in New York and New Jersey.Source: Yardener
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