How To: Winterize Your Garden

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It is that time of year again! Everyone is winterizing their cars, boats, and homes but some people might be neglecting their gardens. You can protect your garden in the wintertime with just a little extra work. Go through this checklist so that your flowers will survive the harsh cold but you can bet your garden will produce beautiful flowers in the spring.

Plan ahead

Before you even begin to winterize your garden there are a few things to stock up on.

-Plant covers

-Old sheets (to protect flowers from snow)

-Mulch

-Old newspaper

-Plant ties

-Plastic for trees

-Sawdust, sand, perlite or vermiculite

Clean it up

Clip any dead leaves or flowers, and remove old debris so that there aren’t breeding grounds for pests.

Pull out unwanted plants or weeds

Remove the plants you don’t want in your garden now so that this spring you can spend your time planting instead of weeding.

Divide perennials

Divide your perennials at least 6 weeks before the ground freezes.

Take care of your bulbs

Remove the blubs from the ground that you do not think will survive the winter. Dry them in newspaper before covering them in sawdust, sand, perlite or vermiculite.

Pay extra attention to your beds

Put an extra layer of mulch down on the beds if there is a predicted freeze to protect the bulbs you left in the ground.

Protect the bark on new trees

Wrap the trees in plastic spiral tree protectors to keep them from getting damaged in the winter months.
If you’re looking for more information about winterizing your garden read more here.

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