Are You Winterizing Your Yard?

A woman raking leaves in the fall.

Cold winter temperatures drive us indoors to cozy up with blankets, hot chocolate and a warm fire, while the winter weather creates plays havoc outside. During the fall season, it is important to prepare for this by winterizing your yard to ensure your pool, lawn and garden remain healthy and in excellent shape for the spring.

Swimming Pool

Winterizing your pool

The primary reason for winterizing your swimming pool is to protect it from damage caused by frozen water, in addition to keeping it as clean as possible during the cold months. Swimming pool expert Jack Morgan of VivoPools, a nationally franchised pool care management company, shares his best tips to ensure your pool remains protected.

  1. Ensure that your swimming pools pH, total alkalinity and calcium hardness are balanced.
  2. Lower water levels below the mouth of the skimmers to remove water from the throat. It causes damage if water freezes in the area. Once this has been done, lower the gizzmo to seal the line.
  3. Drain water from your filter equipment.
  4. Cover your swimming pool to keep debris out.


The fall may be full of brightly colored leaves and crisp, cozy weather but it is also the time to prepare your lawn for the cold winter months to come. Sharon Smith co-owner of RJ’s Complete Lawn Care in Robbinsville, NJ shares her best advice for keeping your lawn strong during the harsh winter.

  1. The final fertilization, also known as “Basic Winterizer,” should be completed sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving. There are many wonderful brands on the market. It is best to discuss your needs with your local hardware store or gardening center to determine which will be the best choice for your lawn. This treatment not only treats your lawn for the fall, but will also lock in nutrients during the deep freeze.
  2. It is very important to rake fallen leaves during the autumn, as a thick layer will slow or prevent growth of your lawn as it blocks the sunlight.

Winterizing your lawn


It’s important to winterize your garden during the fall, to make sure that your trees and flowers survive the winter. Tree and garden expert, Ryan Bartlett, owner of Sanctuary Tree and Garden Care, based in Denver, CO shares his advice for keeping your garden and trees intact.

  1. Spread mulch, especially on new plants that have not had time to develop a strong roots system. Mulch ensures that the ground remains a consistent temperature until the spring, which prevents freezing in the ground that can cause new plants to die.
  2. A “Winter Watering” on all plants and evergreens at least once a month during the cold season is important to maintain hydration and lower the risk of winter burn. Evergreens are especially inclined to winter burn, as their leaves release moisture year-round.

Winterizing your garden

Take a weekend to get these things done before it turns too cold, and then curl up with the cocoa.