Try to get some of these fall garden chores done before winter arrives. If you spend the time to do these chores now then you will be well on the way for a Spring garden that will shine! These aren't hard garden chores to do but just simple things that will make your garden easier to manage.
Clear out all dead or dying plants, flowers or shrubs. Cleaning up dead leaves and flower head is easy to do and so important. Dead plants attract bugs and other unwanted pests. These pests like slugs are always looking for a warm spot to weather the winter so keep dead plants and leaves up off the soil and ground. Also now is the time to deadhead any remaining plants in your garden pottery that are still growing. Clean around the top of the pots taking out leaves and weeds that may have grown. Keeping everything clean is good for your garden and planters.
If you see any sick or dead plants take them out. Don't leave anything that will attract bugs. Don't compost them but toss them in the trash. If your potting soil looks spent toss it out and clean out the pot for next year. Don't keep soil that may have had diseased plans in them or show any kind of weeds or pests. If you are keeping the soil then clean it up taking out any dead object and cover with rocks, pot toppers or hay. This will keep the soil in good condition for next Spring plantings. Plan on adding some fresh soil next season.
Now is the time to bring in any pots that won't survive being outside for Winter. Move all fragile garden pots to the garage. If that isn't an option then move under eves next to the house and cover with a tarp. Not an option, cover the soil with hay, rocks, broken pots materials or anything that will help to keep water from getting inside the pot and freezing. The frozen water is what causes the cracks.
Any remaining decorative garden items can now be stored and put away. Clean everything up so that you will have a fresh start next year. Many painted items don't like the cold freezing weather and could have flaking or fading issues so take them inside.
Lastly, take a final look over. Clean up any thing you may have second thoughts about. Know in your heart that the next planting season will come soon enough and all the work you are doing know will pay off.