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Winter Garden Checklist
Nov 01, 2012 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Our gardens can shift so quickly from warm, late summer to chilly, rainy fall. To help you avoid the “oops, I forgot to ________” that afflicts all gardeners, here’s a checklist of garden jobs for the turn of the season.
Tricia gets her garden ready for winter in our new video and shares her routine of seasonal garden jobs.
Turn off your irrigation system and drain the lines.
Check the labels of your fertilizer and pest control bottles. Some will need to be stored indoors for the winter.
ORCHARD PROTECTION & SANITATION
Wrap young, thin-barked trees with spiral tree guards to prevent sun scald.
Remove dead annual vegetables from the beds. Compost the plants if they are free of diseases.
FEED & PROTECT THE SOIL
All the perennials, shrubs, and trees in your garden will thrive if you take this easy chance to improve their soil. Spread an inch or two of compost (to revitalize the soil microrganisms) and a thin layer of mulch (to protect the soil and minimize the effects of temperature fluctuation) around all these, being careful not to mulch right up to the trunks of trees.
Now that you have your garden in shape for the winter, you can enjoy the “Fifth Season” of gardening—reading garden books!
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