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Great Garden Winter Tips: Invest In Maintenance

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A gardener's work is never done, and during fall, this means it’s time to get your growing space ready for winter. Now I know what some of you are thinking. Is it essential? The short answer is yes! You've already spent a lot of time, energy, and money on your garden, so it's important to protect your investment. Here are the most essential, must-do tasks for winterizing the garden. It's all about prepping for colder weather. You can complete all of these tasks in just a couple of hours with only a few tools and materials. 

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Weeds

Clean out all the weeds is not a fun job, but it's got to be done along with dead leaves, plant parts, and any invasive or diseased plants. Pretty much anything you wouldn't want in your garden during the growing season, it's important to get out now. If you suspect a plant might be infected because it was infested with bugs, didn't grow well, or had odd coloring, now's the time for it to go. You don't want those plants to continue invading your garden or spreading their ill will throughout the area. (Psst! Here are 10 invasive species you should never, ever grow.

It's so much easier to do in the fall, Olivier says. The strong mature roots are easier to see, and you can pull them out whole. Some gardeners will also take the time to clear their veggie plants and cut back their perennials completely. This step is really a matter of preference, but many gardeners like to leave their perennials be for added winter interest. Coneflowers and ornamental grasses look beautiful covered in the snow, plus they add extra food for the birds. I am a proponent of allowing flowering perennials to die back natural, Olivier says. This is what nature intends. If you insist on cutting everything down, be sure to leave at least six inches of stem and leaves. This will help with protection.

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Garden Beds 

Protect your new garden beds. Did you add a new flower garden this season? When you're trying to establish plants, especially perennials—the first season is often the most important. As the plants are getting established, it doesn't hurt to add a little extra coverage over the winter. Try a garden cloche, and drape it over your entire garden area. Be sure to check the size and get the appropriate one for your area. Keep in mind that this is something you'll mostly do for new perennial beds, not veggie gardens or already established flower beds. Veggies gardens don't really need winter protection. However, if you want to try to continue growing veggies like lettuce or radishes, install a cold frame to continue growing even in winter.

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Plant Your Bulbs 

Plant your bulbs. This doesn't fall in the clean-up category, but it's still an important list item to get done before the ground freezes. Plus, there's a reason it's on the winter list. Many times, gardeners have trouble planting bulbs. Either the ground is too hard, or they have clay soil, and they never seem to get the hole deep enough. It would help if you had it several inches deep, in most cases, so it has good protection over winter and is ready to bloom in spring. If you've had trouble in the past planting bulbs, try a power planter, which works by hooking up to a portable drill! Personally, this is my new favorite garden tool.

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Plants Last Drink 

Give your plants one last drink, and then turn the water off. Water is a plant's best friend, and when you're trying to establish new ones, it's essential! Before you turn off your water for the winter, no one wants busted pipes outdoors. You'll want to give your garden a nice long drink. This is especially the case for new trees, shrubs, and perennials. You don't have to worry about keeping the watering up through frost time, but you can give your plants a little extra help when you remember to do a final watering of the season. For timing, try to do this about a week or two before the ground freezes in your area. When you turn your water off, be sure to empty and store hoses, rain barrels, and other gardening supplies, so they don't crack from the cold.

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Winter Jacket  

Put a winter jacket on your trees, shrubs, and rosebushes. A winter jacket for plants? Absolutely! When you're trying to establish these trees, shrubs, and rosebushes in your backyard or garden, they often need extra protection from those harsh winter winds. Here are two common products gardeners use: fleece jackets that go over the plant or cones, commonly used with rosebushes. If you want to fashion your own, try using garbage bags, burlap, landscape fabric, or large cardboard boxes. You want to make sure you secure them well to not blow off on the most frigid days.

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Tender Plants, Dig Them Up!

Dig up your tender plants. If you have cannas, dahlias, elephant ear, or other sensitive bulbs and tubers like these, then you need to dig them up before winter. You'll want to place them in a dark, cool location like the basement but research the best storage recommendation based on the plant. Then in spring, you can replant them for another season. If you don't do this, you risk losing the plant altogether. Since many of these can be pricey, you don't want to risk it over the winter. Also, many gardeners will move their favorite annuals like begonias or geraniums indoors this time of year. Whether they make it through to spring is a bit of a gamble, but it doesn't hurt to try if you have space. Sure, you expect to buy annuals new every year. But if you can keep them going during winter dash; even better. Have houseplants? Here's how to keep them alive. Cut back, keep fairly dry, and store in cool, bright conditions. They aren't going to bloom indoors, but the idea here is to keep them alive. This is best for experienced gardeners or those with cool, bright porches or a greenhouse.

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Add Some Extra Mulch 

Add some extra mulch. Mulch feels like a spring task, but there's a reason to put it on the fall list, too. Having good mulch in your garden is one of the single best things you can do as a gardener. It adds organic matter to the soil, naturally deters weeds, and further insulates and protects the plants. Contrary to popular opinion, the purpose of mulch is not to keep plants warm. Quite the opposite, the purpose is to keep them cold. A blanket of insulation (mulch and snow) actually helps the ground be frozen until spring, which is what you want so your plants don't try to thaw out and grow prematurely. If you have your garden areas looking a little bare, add mulch before those cold temperatures hit. Even if you don't like the jacket or cloche your plants, this can help so much because it will protect the roots and the area of the most vulnerable plants. On a budget? Instead of wood chips, try using your leaves as mulch.

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Great Garden Winter Tips: Invest In Maintenance

A gardener's work is never done, and during fall, this means it’s time to get your growing space ready for winter. Now I know what some of you are thinking. Is it essential? The short answer is yes! You've already spent a lot of time, energy, and money on your garden, so it's important to protect your investment. Here are the most essential, must-do tasks for winterizing the garden. It's all about prepping for colder weather. You can complete all of these tasks in just a couple of hours with only a few tools and materials.  Recommended:  Garden Tools And Products Shop Weeds Clean out all the weeds is not a fun job, but it's got to be done along with dead leaves, plant parts, and any invasive or diseased plants. Pretty much anything you wouldn't want in your garden during the growing season, it's important to get out now. If you suspect a plant might be infected because it was infested with bugs, didn't grow well, or had odd coloring, now's the time for it to go. You don't want those plants to continue invading your garden or spreading their ill will throughout the area. (Psst! Here are 10 invasive species you should never, ever grow. It's so much easier to do in the fall, Olivier says. The strong mature roots are easier to see, and you can pull them out whole. Some gardeners will also take the time to clear their veggie plants and cut back their perennials completely. This step is really a matter of preference, but many gardeners like to leave their perennials be for added winter interest. Coneflowers and ornamental grasses look beautiful covered in the snow, plus they add extra food for the birds. I am a proponent of allowing flowering perennials to die back natural, Olivier says. This is what nature intends. If you insist on cutting everything down, be sure to leave at least six inches of stem and leaves. This will help with protection. Garden Beds  Protect your new garden beds. Did you add a new flower garden this season? When you're trying to establish plants, especially perennials—the first season is often the most important. As the plants are getting established, it doesn't hurt to add a little extra coverage over the winter. Try a garden cloche, and drape it over your entire garden area. Be sure to check the size and get the appropriate one for your area. Keep in mind that this is something you'll mostly do for new perennial beds, not veggie gardens or already established flower beds. Veggies gardens don't really need winter protection. However, if you want to try to continue growing veggies like lettuce or radishes, install a cold frame to continue growing even in winter. Plant Your Bulbs  Plant your bulbs. This doesn't fall in the clean-up category, but it's still an important list item to get done before the ground freezes. Plus, there's a reason it's on the winter list. Many times, gardeners have trouble planting bulbs. Either the ground is too hard, or they have clay soil, and they never seem to get the hole deep enough. It would help if you had it several inches deep, in most cases, so it has good protection over winter and is ready to bloom in spring. If you've had trouble in the past planting bulbs, try a power planter, which works by hooking up to a portable drill! Personally, this is my new favorite garden tool. Plants Last Drink  Give your plants one last drink, and then turn the water off. Water is a plant's best friend, and when you're trying to establish new ones, it's essential! Before you turn off your water for the winter, no one wants busted pipes outdoors. You'll want to give your garden a nice long drink. This is especially the case for new trees, shrubs, and perennials. You don't have to worry about keeping the watering up through frost time, but you can give your plants a little extra help when you remember to do a final watering of the season. For timing, try to do this about a week or two before the ground freezes in your area. When you turn your water off, be sure to empty and store hoses, rain barrels, and other gardening supplies, so they don't crack from the cold. Winter Jacket   Put a winter jacket on your trees, shrubs, and rosebushes. A winter jacket for plants? Absolutely! When you're trying to establish these trees, shrubs, and rosebushes in your backyard or garden, they often need extra protection from those harsh winter winds. Here are two common products gardeners use: fleece jackets that go over the plant or cones, commonly used with rosebushes. If you want to fashion your own, try using garbage bags, burlap, landscape fabric, or large cardboard boxes. You want to make sure you secure them well to not blow off on the most frigid days. Tender Plants, Dig Them Up! Dig up your tender plants. If you have cannas, dahlias, elephant ear, or other sensitive bulbs and tubers like these, then you need to dig them up before winter. You'll want to place them in a dark, cool location like the basement but research the best storage recommendation based on the plant. Then in spring, you can replant them for another season. If you don't do this, you risk losing the plant altogether. Since many of these can be pricey, you don't want to risk it over the winter. Also, many gardeners will move their favorite annuals like begonias or geraniums indoors this time of year. Whether they make it through to spring is a bit of a gamble, but it doesn't hurt to try if you have space. Sure, you expect to buy annuals new every year. But if you can keep them going during winter dash; even better. Have houseplants? Here's how to keep them alive. Cut back, keep fairly dry, and store in cool, bright conditions. They aren't going to bloom indoors, but the idea here is to keep them alive. This is best for experienced gardeners or those with cool, bright porches or a greenhouse . Add Some Extra Mulch  Add some extra mulch. Mulch feels like a spring task, but there's a reason to put it on the fall list, too. Having good mulch in your garden is one of the single best things you can do as a gardener. It adds organic matter to the soil, naturally deters weeds, and further insulates and protects the plants. Contrary to popular opinion, the purpose of mulch is not to keep plants warm. Quite the opposite, the purpose is to keep them cold. A blanket of insulation (mulch and snow) actually helps the ground be frozen until spring, which is what you want so your plants don't try to thaw out and grow prematurely. If you have your garden areas looking a little bare, add mulch before those cold temperatures hit. Even if you don't like the jacket or cloche your plants, this can help so much because it will protect the roots and the area of the most vulnerable plants. On a budget? Instead of wood chips, try using your leaves as mulch. Before you go! Recommended:  Algae Canopy Miracle Works Better Than A Forrest: How? Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about gardening? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input or  subscribe .
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