Preparing a Garden for Winter

At the end of the gardening season, it’s
time to put your garden to bed. Hi, I’m William Moss and I want to show
you how to clean up your fall garden so it’s attractive all winter. I’ll also
show you how to protect your plants so they come
back happy and healthy next spring. After hard frost, you want to take out all the
dead annuals… the geraniums, the petunias, just get those out and snip them out.
Same with some of your perennials… …the hostas, the peonies… all of those guys who
have dead stems and foliage, just go ahead and cut them back, and then you can place the right in your
compost pile. Now your more wooded perennials like your
russian sage, the clematis and the lavenders, leave those
guys untrimmed. because depending on your zone, they may
sprout along the stem next year… just wait a bit for those. Same for your ornamental grasses, They look beautiful in winter, so leave that
structural element in place until early spring when you cut it down to about four inches.
Mulching your garden in late fall helps protect your perennials from winter
weather extremes. You can use wood chips, compost or pine needles, almost any substance like that. Just put in on the garden, then you need a good two to four inch layer. You want to spread it out… …around the perennials… and if it’s a tender
perennial, you can go even higher. You can cover the
entire plant if you need to. As a bonus, the mulch will eventually
break down and add nutrients to the soil. In spring, you simply pull it back to
about two inches to allow the perennials to shoot up. Some
trees are susceptible to sunscald in the winter. And sunscald is basically when the bark
cracks because daytime temperatures are warm and then it rapidly cools off in
the evening. The trees most susceptible are the thin bark trees like maples and crab apples, or newly planted trees. The ideal way to handle that is to wrap
them, just by buying a simple tree wrap. And then you want to tape it up with duct
tape. In the springtime, simply pull them right on off. You also want to protect your trees and shrubs from rabbit damage. Rabbit will gnaw down the twigs and
damage the bark. The best way to protect it is to use a wire fencing. Just make sure is 3-4 feet tall and covers
around the whole shrub. Same with your newly planted trees they’ll eat the bark all the way around and actually kill the tree. So you want to make sure you get your
wire fencing around there, and then secure it so that you stop the
rabbit from munching on it through the winter months. Getting the garden ready for winter doesn’t take
long, and makes a big difference come spring.

2 thoughts on “Preparing a Garden for Winter

  1. This would be a great idea to show towards the end of summer and not the end of spring!! LOL
    Great and helpful video!!

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