Prep for New Zealand Winter: 5 Steps for the Yard

Prep for New Zealand Winter: 5 Steps for the Yard

Autumn winds, rain and the debris in their wake can leave your yard looking rather worse for wear come mid-winter. It’s worth getting out there before it gets too bad, to get your place ready for those long, cold weeks ahead. Read on for the five jobs we suggest you be sure to tackle.


Growth will slow down throughout winter. Keep the lawn raked and free of leaf litter, to get as much sun exposure as possible. Take note of poor drainage areas, ready for fixing when the soil is drier. 

Leaf litter and other debris can create slippery havoc in the yard during winter.


Are fallen leaves and windblown sticks gathered around every potted plant and piece of outdoor furniture in your yard? The sooner you clear them, the better. All that debris can cause problems in a few ways. It will catch even more dirt, it will create a home for bugs and it will encourage moss, slime and algae to grow. Clearing it all will mean the rain can flush the area, rather than pooling and creating havoc. When the sun comes out, it will have a better chance of drying the area to prevent growth of moss. Moss causes paving to be slippery as well as being unsightly, not a good mix with wet and dark!

Ladder stabilising and stand off brackets can help you to reach guttering safely.


Guttering filled with leaves can create serious problems, such as blocked downpipes and rainwater leaking into your ceiling cavity. It’s not a fun job to clean it, but it is necessary. Even gutters with leaf guards in place can sometimes pop out of the guttering or still be encumbered by sticks and leaves. If you see birds bathing in your gutters it may well be a sign of blocked downpipes. Always use a ladder to get to your gutters, don’t try cleaning them from the roof.

Tip: Cleaning your gutters before a storm is a good idea, rather than after!

Cloches and mulching helps to protect tender plants during winter.


In the garden, feed all vegetables with a liquid general fertiliser. Feed citrus with citrus fertiliser and water it in. 

Get rid of weeds before they take over - they will rob the soil of nutrients that are harder to come by during winter. 

Prune roses to promote new growth, improve flowering and keep plants healthy. Also prune your deciduous fruit trees once the leaves have fallen, and remove the debris.

Mulching in winter helps to protect vulnerable plants and seedlings from frost.


Garador recommends that you check the operation of your door at least every three to six months (more regularly in extreme environments or with frequent use). Take a look at our article on how to perform a quick garage door health check each season.

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