Before winter sets in and you get too cozy by the fire, take some time to stroll through the garden to do these last minute chores. Just doing these will help preserve your garden while it sleeps through the winter and prevent damage to your beloved plants.
- Snow and rain can cause leaves to mat down and smother the grass. So be sure to rake away those accumulating leaves! Even those blown over from your neighbor’s yard and garden. Just pay it forward!
- You can continue to plant pansies and snapdragons for winter and early spring color. The plants may look a little wilted on cold days, but as soon as the sun warms them, they perk right up. Fertilizing with Osmocote after planting will keep them blooming throughout the cold months and give them a boost for spring in your garden.
- Now is a great time (October) to use dormant or sun oil to treat scale on your trees and shrubs. As long as the weather isn’t extremely cold, spray now to smother the scale on the leaves and stems. This will keep your garden healthy.
- Planting new shrubs and trees in the garden will give them time for the roots to get established before the plant breaks dormancy and begins the work of producing foliage and flowers.
- Keep your waterfalls and water features running or install an aeration device to keep the surface from freezing. A solid surface of ice over the water feature will trap harmful gases under the surface and harm the fish.
- The weight of ice and snow can seriously damage your evergreens. Take a broom and gently brush off ice and snow. If damage occurs, call us, and we will recommend a course of action to save the specimen.
- Keep a garden journal. Make notes of plants you want to replace, transplant or change in your garden for the upcoming season. Record what worked and didn’t work. Then note it on your calendar and give us a call when spring arrives.