WINTER GARDENING

Winter is starting early this year. Even without the blooms and greenery, a covering of snow brings a beauty to gardens and landscapes.

A fluffy snowfall covers the evergreens. Bare branches pop against the snowy background. There are so many interesting forms of branches that just magnetize in winter.

‘Perennial Grasses’ become highlighted features in the landscapes…not to mention how much the birds will appreciate their seeds.

Birdhouses and feeders, ar bors, benches, retaining walls and garden art objects look both wonderful and interesting with a covering of snow.

Hoar frost on objects sparkle in the crisp winter temperatures.

So, while our gardens are still providig us with a display of beauty, take the time to enjoy the view while having the steaming hot cup of coffee or grab your camera and for a winter wallk.

Mother Nature does not fail.

Candy Coral Bells

Important Garden Tasks to do before Winter:

  1. Clean and sharpen garden tools.
  2. Mow around young trees and fruit trees to prevent mice from nesting there.
  3. Put tree guards on or wrap young trees with tree wrap to prevent rodent damage.
  4. Read your animal/insect repellents to verify when to quit using them.
  5. Move indoors in a safe place, protected from young children, any liquid garden products.
  6. Clean, store and turn upside down outdoor containers.
  7. Rake fallen leaves off grass.
  8. Give all trees and shrubs, especially evergreens and boxwoods, a thorough watering before the ground freezes hard.
  9. Remove water from garden hoses before storing away.
  10. Cover compost pile with plastic or straw.
  11. Drain fuel tanks on lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc

Note:  Some of this information was taken from “The Old Farmers Almanac”. 

On the Products and Plants pages in this website, you will find some pdf’s on overwintering hydrangeas and roses.

Your Perennial Garden: What plants to cut back or leave until spring.

Before winter, remove all diseased debris and broken branches from your flower garden.  Discard any remaining annuals.

Recommended perennials to cut back in fall are:  bearded iris; monarda (bee balm) unless it is new growth; gaillardia (blanket flower); nepeta (catmint); columbine; daylily (now or spring); bush clematis; helianthus; hollyhock; ligularia (now or spring); penstemon; peony; and helianthus.

These perennials are recommended to leave for spring cutting:  asclepias (butterfly weed); chrysanthemums (mammoth mums); and heuchera (coral bells).

Birds will appreciate it if you leave echinacea (cone flowers) and rudbeckia (black-eye Susans) or any other seed producing plants standing through winter.