Performing a few maintenance and organizational tasks this winter, can save time for this spring ahead.
Here’s a quick checklist to make cleanup extra easy…
Thinking of making a new garden bed or expanding your existing one? Simply lay down cardboard or dark plastic tarp, if you have one, and top with rocks or 2x4s at the edges to keep in place. Next spring the lawn or area underneath will be decomposed and much easier to till and turn into a new bed!
Make sure your garden tools are dry and clean while storing over winter.
Drain and store pumps from garden ponds. If you’re not overwintering your container plants, clean out your pots and bring them in to avoid cracking from the cold.
While memory is still fresh, make a rough diagram of your garden plants so you know exactly what you’re dealing with next spring.
After the first hard frost, lay down a 2 – 4” layer of organic mulch.
Ornamental Grasses that don’t add much winter interest or provide food for wildlife can be cut back to 3 – 4” inches, otherwise let your grasses stay throughout winter for habitat and as added protecting to the crown. You can also add mulch to the crown for added winter protection in cold climates.
Detach and drain outdoor hoses. This will prevent the faucets from bursting and keep your hoses in good shape for next year.
Here's a checklist you can download if you'd like to check things off like I do!
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