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Get Ready For Winter!

Dec 13, 2008 | Gardens

These easy tips will help you prepare your landscape for the winter months:

  • Pull mulch back from the base of young trees, particularly if mice are a problem in your area; they can chew on the bark.
  • Mulch after the first freeze to insulate plants against freezing temperatures, especially those that are marginally hardy.
  • Spray trees that are prone to insect and disease problems with dormant oil, provided temperatures are above 40 degrees F.
  • Turn the compost pile one last time, and cover with a tarp to preserve heat and keep heavy rain from leaching nutrients.
  • Remove leaves from water gardens; when they decompose they can release chemicals harmful to fish.
  • Clean your tools and apply a coat of oil to metal surfaces to prevent rust.
  • Disconnect and drain hoses to keep freezing water from bursting hoses or pipes.
  • Remove dead plants and potting soil from clay pots to keep them from cracking. Store the pots in a garage or shed.

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