With fall right around the corner, getting your yard and garden prepped for colder months should be on your to-do list. There are certain things that you can do to make your summer garden see its way through even the coldest winters. Here are four tips that you can take to protect and maintain your landscaping through the fall and winter.
1. Pruning Trees and Shrubs
If you live in an area of the country that might see a few storms throughout the winter, it is a good idea to have your garden as cleared and pruned as possible. Removing garden decor is a good step to take, but don't forget to prune back larger trees and shrubs as well. This will keep low-hanging limbs from breaking off during the next big storm and potentially causing damage to your landscaping and home.
2. Move Potted Plants and Containers Indoors
If you have flowers or more delicate plants in pots or planter boxes, you may want to move these inside for the winter. Tropical plants such as hibiscus and plants that do well in the heat, such as succulents, will not do well in freezing temperatures. These should be brought into a greenhouse or an area in your home or garage so that the plants will make it through the winter.
3. Covering Plants for Protection
Some larger plants can handle freezing temperatures, but when it comes to smaller plants, leaves and even root structures can be affected. Hydrangeas can be wrapped up in old sheets or burlap if a freeze is coming on. Ground plants and even perennials can be given some sort of protection during harsh winters with a covered layer of mulch or pine to leave them less exposed.
4. Water the Ground to Keep in Moisture
It is a good idea to get a little moisture into the ground before your yard freezes. If you are in a dryer climate that still experiences freezing temperatures, it can be difficult to get any moisture into the ground once this occurs. Just remember that overwatering could lead to rotting if you aren't careful. Forgoing a winter garden and getting through the coldest part of the winter might actually be better for your spring and summer landscaping goals. Try your best to take a little time before the first freeze to protect your more delicate plants and keep your property safe during storms. If you have quite a bit of work to do, bring in a professional landscaper such as Landscape Specialists of Wisconsin to do the heavy lifting and also offer up tips on how to better prepare for the upcoming winter months.
As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.