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Winterize water features. The freeze-and-thaw cycle of winter weather can wreak havoc on these valuable garden assets. To minimize the damage:
Prepare for snow. If you haven’t had frost or snow yet, you will soon. Early snows tend to be heavy and wet, and can damage plants — especially those that haven’t shed their leaves yet. Keep a broom handy and be ready to sweep the snow away to lighten the load on tree and shrub branches.
Winterize your watering system. Frozen pipes or components can be costly and inconvenient to repair. To prevent this:
Remove leaves from lawn areas. Leaves left on lawn areas will compact under the snow, smothering the lawn and contributing to disease problems like snow mold.