Putting your Garden to Bed for the Winter
Professional landscaping around your home not only adds to the beauty of your residence, but should also compliment and harmonize with the ambient environment. The ideal landscape architecture is regional in design, and should be well maintained for the overall visual appeal and effect. The plants, trees, and building materials used in landscaping your property, are arranged for the warmer months of growth in mind. Winter is known to be hard on landscapes. Old Jack Frost can blight delicate plants, and leave the ground too frozen for trees. However, here are some helpful ideas in preparing your landscape for cold winter weather.
Bring Your Biennials Inside: Biennials are plants that take 2 years to reach maturity. You can protect them during their delicate pubescence by potting them, and putting them in a safe place in the house, where they will be protected from cold drafts and excessive cold.
Apply Mulch: Mulch is any covering that you can lay over your soil. Popular types of mulch are bark, straw, peat moss, pine needles, and organic compost. After the ground freezes, spread the winter mulch over any exposed soil. Replacing old mulch is a good idea at this time. Try not to pack down the mulch too hard, or suffocate the soil. The mulch functions as a warm blanket, by insulating a plant's roots and seeds through the winter. It will also discourage rodents and other garden pests from burrowing in your yard.
Trim Dead Growth: Perennial plants, as well as shrubs and trees should be trimmed of dead growth such as dry stems and branches. Cut dry stems back to the ground. This is best done after the first frost, and you will be assured of getting rid of pest eggs.
Guard Tree Trunks: Winter varmints and other associated garden pests can easily destroy young trees and shrubs. Wrap wire cages or commercial tree guard products around the exposed delicate trunks. Winter is the time of year that herbivores like to eat and gnaw at the new tender bark.
Use Burlap Sacks: Covering exposed evergreen shrubs from the wind and sun, will keep them from drying out.
Fall Cleanup: The fall cleanup will ensure a healthy beautiful garden in the spring. Remove excess debris and rotted or dry weeds. Till the soil to expose any insects and their eggs sheltering from the frost.
Prune Trees: Some trees need pruning during the winter. Pruning excess growth prevents disease. Check the species of the various shrubs and trees to optimize when it is best to prune.
Winterize Sprinkler System: The cold can wreak havoc on your watering systems. Cover the backflow preventer, and make certain moisture is removed from all pipes, so as to prevent them from freezing and getting damaged.
As you can see, it isn't too hard to keep your landscape nice through winter, and the reward is that your yard will look breathtaking in the spring. And of course, make sure that all of your garden supplies and tools are put away for winter storage!
Have questions? Contact our professional landscape companies.
Gibbs Landscape Co. – Oasis Landscapes & Irrigation – Bello Giardino, llc – Jones Topsoil
Wimberg Landscaping – Outdoor Home Living – The Davey Tree Expert Company