Thursday, November 24, 2011

Garden Tasks for Winter (December - January)

Yes, there are many things to do to keep your garden beautiful, even in the winter.  

  • Dig organic matter into clay soils.
  • Protect slightly tender perennials with straw or compost.
  • Brush heavy snow off limbs to avoid snapping branches.
  • Plant deciduous trees, shrubs, and hedges on dry, frost-free days, unless the soil is very wet.
  • Prune trees (except for plums and cherries) and wisteria.
  • In late winter, coppice shrubs for special effects like color stems or foliage.
  • In windy gardens, prune back the topgrowth of tall shrubs to prevent windrock.
Other Tasks
  • Check stored dahlias, cannas, and gladioli, and remove any that show signs of rotting.
  • Wrap up pots with bubble wrap and cover vulnerable plants with fleece if frost is forecast.
  • Continue to take hardwood cuttings of deciduous shrubs.
  • Take root cuttings of perennials.
  • Continue to rake leaves off the lawn.
  • Keep off lawns and soil when sodden or frozen.
  • Check and repair garden tools.
  • Begin making plans for next year's garden.

This list was found in Learn to Garden: A Practical Introduction to Gardening.  I did modify the list a little.   

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