As gardeners, we never want the gardening season to come to an end. But, we must welcome the coming cold months by preparing our gardens for winter. Follow the tips below for a few good basic steps in preparing your beloved garden for the coming chill:
- Dig up tender bulbs (dalhias, cannas, etc.) for storage until next year
- As perennials quit blooming or die back, trim the dead foliage. You can compost the healthy trimmings to continue the cycle of nature.
- But, some perennials, if left alone, look great as winter interest and/or provide winter food for wildlife.
- Clean away any and all diseased plants and dropped leaves. It will make next year's gardening that much easier.
- If you live in an area with cold winters but not much snow as protection, mulching in the fall will protect your plant investments.
- Vegetable gardens are best completely cleared up to prevent any disease or pest overwintering.
- Move your indoor foliage plants back inside before even the first light frost.
- And, don't forget your gardening tools. A thorough cleaning and sharpening now will save valuable time next spring.