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Fall To-Do List

October 21, 2011

Well I don’t know about you but I have loved our extended fall. I was able to leave my annuals in the ground until mid-October before they were hit by a hard frost and I know some friends with greenhouses that are still producing vegetables!!!  But as much as I want to ignore it, winter is coming. So in light of that fact, here are a few reminders of things do to in the garden before winter.

 

  • Unhook the hose and cover the facet! I made this mistake once and I was rewarded with a burst pipe. It is easy to forget since winter springs up rather quickly!

  • Remove soil from your ceramic pots and turn them over. This will prevent any freeze/thaw damage to the containers.

  • Cut back your perennials. Some people ignore this step and cut them back in the spring instead. I prefer the fall since it provides a nice clean look and prevents you from cleaning up mushy leaves in the spring.  But either action (or inaction) is fine.

  • Cover your beds with mulch – I would recommend leaves 3″deep. (There are plenty of them around this time of year!) This is an important step on years like this one. Without the snow cover, the cold instantly penetrates the ground and your perennials’ roots. The leaves help provide them with a winter blanket.

  • Make a map of where you have planted bulbs and other perennials so you can find them in the spring and don’t accidentally dig them up!

 

With these few steps your garden is ready for the winter!

 

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