Shorter days, a chill in the air, tumbling leaves…fall is in full form. Before you know it, the autumn months will hearken winter, slowing the growing activity in your garden to a grinding halt. If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to prep your plants for the long slumber ahead. To ensure a wonderful wake in the spring, read on to learn how to get your garden ready for winter.
Get rid of rotting plants
More than just an eyesore, dying or dead foliage can create havoc in your garden. Old plants can carry disease, insects, and fungi. Left unchecked, these issues can spread, infecting and feeding on healthy plants. Removing rotting vegetation will go long way to keeping your garden pest and disease-free.
Protect your trees
Winter can leave your foliage susceptible to the elements—as well as pests looking for a free meal. The cold weather creates food shortages for mice and rabbits, forcing them to feed on new trees. When the temperature drops, make sure to protect young trees with mesh or plastic guards. They will not only safeguard your trees from pesky gnawers, but also shield vegetation from sun scald.
Continue to water trees
Watering your garden during the warm dry months is crucial to ensure optimal growth. But just because the growing season has slowed down doesn’t mean you should neglect your watering duties.
Evergreens, like cedars, don’t lose their leaves during the cold months, so they will need an adequate storage of water going into winter. Don’t let winter dry out your garden. Continue to water your trees throughout the chilly season.
Rake up fallen leaves
If you have trees in your yard, there is a good chance that your lawn is currently covered with leaves. Autumn means fallen leaves. So, you will want to get started on raking them up sooner than later. Waiting too long to remove leaves can smother underlying grass and vegetation, weakening foliage in the spring. Raking up fallen leaves on a weekly basis will help give you a healthy garden when the warmer weather comes.
Put leaves to work
It happens all the time. You finish up the raking duties only to realize your garden is covered in leaves again. Why not put leaves to work for you for a change? When it comes to a robust garden, fallen leaves can be your friends (if you rake them up, of course). Once you have removed the leaves, you can put them in your compost pile for the following spring. Mowed leaves can also become mulch for newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Is your garden prepared for the upcoming cold season? Taking the time to get your garden ready for winter will make a huge difference next spring.
For more information on how to prepare your landscape for winter, contact Fraser Valley Cedars.