Winterize your Garden
Fall is now in full swing and it is time to winterize your garden. Where to start. Here a few tips:
- Begin by removing all your annuals from your garden for compost
- Remove dead flower stalks and leaves from your garden as they can become a home for pests, diseases and mold.
- Dig up and store tender perennial bulbs that are not able to withstand winters in your garden (refer to your USDA weather zone for guidelines). Make sure to give them a few weeks to dry out before storing in a container
- Fall is also a good time to divide perennials such as hostas. They should be divided at least five weeks before the ground freezes so they have time to establish themselves.
- Unsure where your perennials are every spring, now is a good time to put a marker in the ground so you know and are ready for spring planting.
- After you have cleaned up your garden beds and divided plants add 3 or so inches of compost to the beds to provide them with nutrients and then mulch 2-3 inches deep.
- Water deeply with a soaking house all your evergreens to provide them with hydration as they are susceptible to winter burn due to moisture being released by their leaves year around.
- Protect young trees as they have thin bark and can suffer cracks from the fluctuating temperature
- Create a wind shield for exposed evergreens to protect them from wind burn using burlap
- Remember to remove you garden hose, flush out your sprinkler system and turn off your outdoor water supply and let it drain to prevent frozen pipes bursting
- Leave your ornamental grasses uncut through the winter months to enjoy their texture through the winter, you can cut them back in the early spring.
- Remember to cover your roses and tender shrubs using burlap and leaves.
- Clear up all the fallen leaves from the trees to avoid mold and rot setting in.