With snow touching down in many parts of Michigan, it\u2019s time to start getting your plants ready for the winter. Flowers Most perennials can be left as they are for the winter and be cut down in the spring to allow for new sprouts, according to the Old Farmer\u2019s Almanac. Make sure to give them plenty of water in the fall before the temperature begins to drop too far. For annuals, make sure to cover them with plastic before any frosts. This can extend their life until the temperatures are consistently too cold. Trees and shrubs Trees and shrubs need a lot of love to help survive the winter especially if they are smaller, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Make sure they are watered often during the fall and any diseased or broken limbs should be left until early spring to avoid going through winter with open wounds. For the smaller trees and shrubs, a burlap screen would help protect them from harsh wind and snow. Garden beds The Old Farmer\u2019s Almanac recommends covering garden beds with black plastic or tarps to protect against the weather and kill any weeds that might sprout before planting begins next spring. Another good idea is to add compost to the beds in the autumn rather than the spring in order to let the soil soak up the nutrients. Lastly, make sure to take care of any and all gardening tools. It\u2019s a good idea to make sure all irrigation systems are turned off and hoses are put away to avoid water freezing inside and damaging them.