Danger, Frost! How to Winterize Your Garden

Find out the strategies you need—from winterizing your rain barrel and your roses to protecting your citrus crop—to help your garden survive the harsh reality of winter weather.
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Saving Citrus

Will misting your citrus trees save them from the cold? Find out how to weather-proof your delicate orange and grapefruit trees this winter with expert gardener Felder Rushing's tips.

How to Winterize Roses

Find out how twine can help you prepare your beloved roses for winter here.

Protect Potted Plants

Containers need special protection in cold weather: placing pots on soil instead of on pavement and choosing the largest container possible are just two ways to protect plants from winter damage. Find out more ways to spare your containers from winter's onslaught here.

Protect Your Rain Barrel

Do you know how to winterize your rain barrel for the freeze to come? HGTVGardens contributor Mick Telkamp shows you how.

Prevent Cracked Pots

Winter weather can do serious damage to terra-cotta pots. Find out ways to protect your pots in this useful article.

Prep Perennials

You've invested some serious green in your perennials: learn how to protect them with these tips.

Get Started Early

Putting down mulch is just one way to protect your garden. Learn more about the various ways you can keep the cold at bay.

Don't Forget the Birds

When cold weather threatens, you'll want to do everything you can to keep chilly drafts from your coop. Chicken whisperer Mick Telkamp offers more tips for making birds cozy.

Prepare the Coop

Just as you'd add insulation and storm windows to keep your own home warm in winter's chill, there are myriad ways you can make sure your chickens' digs are nice and toasty this winter. Find tips for winterizing the coop here.

When Snow Strikes

Sometimes Mother Nature has other plans: when snow strikes, there are things you can do to minimize the damage to your garden. Find tips here.

Winterizing the Lawn

It's cost your a fortune to keep it green and disease-free. Now find out how to protect your gorgeous lawn from the cold.

If You Can't Beat 'Em...

There is always the opportunity, when cold weather threatens, to plant some winter-hardy plants that will give you some garden color to carry you through the cold months. Find out what to plant in your area.

More Tips

Look for even more tips and tricks for keeping the cold from damaging your garden and your yard in these handy HGTVGardens guides.

How to Harvest and Store

Sometimes the best defense when winter weather threatens, is an offensive plan: harvest and store any perishable vegetables and fruits before bad weather can claim them.