Winterize your garden
Edited by Lynn, Eng, Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo
Winterizing Annuals and Perennials in the Garden
While wintertime evokes a sense of nostalgia for us all, it brings into mind a snow-covered environment, snow flurries and blustering winds and other activities we do during this season. However, winter time can wreak havoc in the garden. Most plants in the United States cold spells, from the evergreens in the coastal Northeast to the succulents in the sunny Southwest. The vegetation in our yard practically is in danger of catching host of disease and even dying. Below are the steps and practical ways to follow so that your plants can survive all winter and thrive for the coming seasons.
Quick Winterizing Guide
- 1Once these delicate plants get nipped by the eventual frosts, they do become unsightly and will die down rapidly.Remove all annuals (petunias, geraniums, marigolds, impatiens, begonias,etc.) from your garden beds and containers.Advertisement
- 2Decaying plants in the garden can also provide a perfect nesting site for insects and other small rodents to spend the winter, so be sure to remove them and if possible put them in your yard waste pick up.Advertisement
- 3This is done to protect from wind whipping (the crown of the plant is damaged and/or lifted out of the soil) and to give a more aesthetically pleasing "look" to your yard.Perennial flowers (those that come back year after year and can survive the winter) need to be cut back close to ground level in late fall (except for the ornamental grasses, lavender, and Russian sage, which are all pruned back in early spring).
- 4Most hardware stores carry composters for a nominal price.You can compost all this material if you have the room and are able.
- 5This will aid in keeping the plant crown warm and snug over the winter.For perennial flowers that are less hardy, like Chrysanthemums, or windswept areas, cover plants with mulch.
- 6This is very easy to do - just stick in some sturdy wooden stakes around the plant (three or four will do depending on plant size) then staple the burlap to the posts, wrapping as you go, making a circle of burlap around your plant. Don't wrap too tightly as your plants do require airflow. The purpose of the burlap is to protect these more delicate plants from the harsh winter winds.Also for those more sensitive plants, like Azaleas or Rhododendrons, will benefit greatly from erecting a burlap screen around them.
- 7Keeping hydrated and strong over the dormant growing season is a definite benefit. This will help to give your garden an extra advantage to get through the upcoming cold winter months. And the benefit will be wonderful; lush, "happy" plants the following spring and summer! It will take a bit of work, but will most definitely be worth the effort.Lastly, before things freeze up, give your plants a good drink.
Preparing your Garden to Withstand Winter
- 1Remove weeds, invasive plants and other debris.
Sometime, a garden plant can find legs and begin to spread as well as take over your garden. By fall however, it will have long worn out its life. Pull or dig out intruding plants completely and dispose them properly. You can also try using herbicides to spot treat them, just be careful though. Follow label precautions regarding how and when to spray. Be careful not to over-spray and affect your other innocent plants nearby.Advertisement
- 2Prepare your Soil for Spring.
- 3Divide Perennials for a trouble-free spring.
To tell if our plants needs divisions, simply notice that most plants benefits from division every three to five years. Some sort of clump associated with plants should be divided if it is not flowering in addition to past flowering days, if uncovered spots appear down the middle of the heap, if plants inside clump washout over or maybe if facilities spread to the issue of getting invasive.
- 4Fertilize your Lawn.
- 5Plant spring-blooming bulbs.
- 6Dig and store tender corms and bulbs.
- 7Water and safeguard vulnerable plants from winter.
In cold climates in which the ground freezes, great, 4- to 8-inch organic mulch is wise "� mandatory in the case of plants of borderline hardiness. Winter mulch serves being a blanket, protecting the particular plants from freezing winds and frost-heaving, moderating soil temperatures and saving moisture. If you will get consistently deep compacted snow cover, the need for mulch can be less dire, but it's still a good idea to apply one following first hard deep freeze. Also, it is a superb practice to location some evergreen boughs as well as loose hay in excess of low-growing plants, including groundcovers, to protect them from compacted snow damage without obstructing them.
If your winters tend to be bitter or in case you have shrubs or tulips of doubtful hardiness, there are a number of things that can be done to protect them. Wrap them generally in burlap, form hinged plywood sandwich-board tents in excess of them or make a fence-wire cage around them and stuff it with dried up leaves or hay. If your winter is windy, implement a waxy leaf shell, called an ant desiccant aerosol (available from backyard centers and catalogs), or a burlap screen to be able to evergreens. Ant desiccants possess the added advantage of developing evergreens less appealing to deer.Advertisement
If you winterize your lawn, remember to carry on the composting. The plant material that you just remove from the garden should be integrated into this compost thoroughly. The compost must also be raked and turned regularly in order that you have healthy soil to utilize in the springtime. You can additionally use compost and mulch to winterize your current garden. Create a protective layer across the roots of facilities and in plant beds to insulate origins from harmful ice.
Storing your Garden Tools
- Clean ones tools, making use of soapy drinking water. To take out stubborn mulch, absorb the device, then scrub using a stiff wash.
- Rub off of rust with very fine sandpaper or with fine steel made of wool dipped in kerosene.
- Dry the tools with a absorbent magazine or report towels. Dampness can result in rust and spoil relocating parts.
- Sharpen lowering edges using a file or even a whetstone. File from your outer edge for the center. Make use of downward cerebrovascular events; hold the file at a viewpoint. If a benefit is hopelessly boring, have that professionally sharp.
- Wipe metallic surfaces with an oiled cloth (vegetable oil is fine). Or shop metal tool ends in a bucket full of coarse mud soaked throughout motor oil.
- To retain wooden addresses from becoming dry, apply any light fur of boiled linseed oil and strong.
- Tighten anchoring screws and apply to a decrease or two of gentle machine oil on relocating parts.
- Store tools from reach of children in the cool, dried spot. Winter is an excellent time to make an structured pegboard or other storage space system to your tools.
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.
Categories : Gardening
Recent edits by: Eng, Lynn