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Preparing Your Exterior and Landscape for Winter

By Whirl Construction (523 words)
Posted in In the News on November 3, 2014

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While it is often more comfortable to stay indoors when the temperature drops, there are landscaping chores that can be done to help your exterior look it's best when the warm weather returns. Grab your jacket and gardening gloves and head outside to clean up your landscape and make preparations for winter. 

Landscaping

            The first step to preparing your landscape for winter is to tidy up any areas that contain dead and dried foliage. Pick up any fruit that may have fallen and remove dead annuals. Rake your yard and mow the lawn one last time. Resist the urge to prune your plants. Pruning encourages your plants to grow, which is the opposite of what you want your plants to do in the winter. Healthy plants are those that remain dormant in the winter.

Late fall is the perfect time to mulch your yard. Mulching in the fall helps to protect the roots of your plants from frost and freezing during the winter months. Place two to three inches of fresh mulch around any trees and shrubs in your yard. Even though you may not think that late fall is a good time to plant, there are some additions that you can make to your landscape. Trees, shrubs and perennials such as mums all fare well in cooler seasons. Additionally you can plant spring blooming flowers like crocus, daffodils and tulips. Decorative curbing can also turn any ordinary front or backyard into something truly spectacular.

Winter Preparations

Potted plants are often overlooked when it is time to make winter preparations. Annuals only last for one year. However, there are ways to extend the life of your annuals. Take clippings of your annuals now and root them in your garden. If they result in a large mass of roots (which does not happen with every type of annual) you can move your annuals indoors for the winter. Transfer perennials from their pots and place them directly in the garden. Your herb garden reaches its peak before the end of summer and usually looks pretty dead by the time fall hits. Clean up any dried, dead portions or harvest before late fall and dry your herbs indoors. Herbs typically do not make great houseplants as they require a significant amount of fluorescent light.

For plants that cannot be moved indoors, it is helpful to wrap them delicately before winter arrives. Wrap large shrubs in burlap for protection and use overturned plastic pots of buckets to cover smaller plants. You can also wrap the trunks of your trees with paper tree wrap. Begin about an inch above the base and wrap until you reach the lowest branches.

It’s important to take care of your landscape prior to winter to ensure that your plants look best in the spring. Use the lull in landscape requirements to clean and organize your tools or garden shed. With a bit of work before snow hits, your landscape will be prepared to survive winter and thrive when it gets warm again.

            

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