Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Winter
Following are some tips for preparing your garden for winter:
- Cut back diseased perennials and destroy their debris.
- Pull out annuals unless the seeds provide food for the birds.
- Pull out weeds.
- Clean and sharpen tools like pruners, hoes, shovels, etc.
- Apply tree guards to protect trees from deer and rabbit damage in winter.
- Keep applying animal repellants.
- If you like to “fall” clean your flower garden, consider leaving these perennials* as they do better with spring pruning or else they provide food for the birds.
- If you like to “spring” clean your flower garden, consider pruning these perennials** in fall as they will benefit from fall pruning.
- Remove dead branches from your roses and shrubs.
- Apply compost if your soil needs amending.
- *Prune these perennials in fall:
Blanket flower (gaillardia)
Golden Marguerite (anthemis)
Painted Daisy (tanacetum)
- **Prune these perennials in spring:
Black-eyed Susan (rudbeckia)
Butterfly bush (buddleia)
Butterfly weed (asclepia)
Cardinal flower (lobelia cardinalis)
Chrysanthemum (mammoth mums)
Cushion spurge (euphorbia)
Russian sage (pervoskia)
See our handouts for overwintering roses and hydrangeas.