Winter Lawn Care
January 12, 2020
Keep late-harvest veggies
Veggies like broccoli, brussels sprouts and kale are okay with a light frost. In fact, it makes them sweeter.
Conserve your greenery
Make sure that any green plants get added to compost. They contain a lot of nutrients that are great for your garden.
Clean up rotting and finished plants
Old plants can keep bacteria, pests, and fungi in your garden. Removing the plants will remove most of these problems.
Pull up dying plants
These also could have disease. Keeping them in your garden can affect your garden by making it unhealthy. Use them as compost for later on.
Remove slimy leaves
Any plant that has become slimy and matted after hard frost gets removed. This will decrease the chance of bugs or diseases staying there for the winter.
Remove invasive weeds that may have taken hold over the growing season
If you remove the weeds, it will stop them from sprouting again next spring when you start planting your new garden. This also ensures that your garden will have enough water and moisture for your plants in the winter.
Pare your perennials
Keep in mind to only keep these plants 4 TO 6 INCHES TALL. The energy at the top of the plant flows to the root system where it’s stored for the winter.
Prepare your soil for spring
Dig in soil amendments like manure, composte, bone meal, or whatever you normally use. Doing this before the next spring mean you don’t have to wait and will be ready for the spring. It also helps improve drainage before extreme weather becomes a reality.
Plant your spring-flowering bulbs
Plants that could be planted this time of year would include Daffodils, tulips, crocuses, hyacinths and garlic. Plant it 3 inches down to prevent animals from reaching it.
Cover up with compost
Spread 1 to 6 inches of compost. This will enrich your soil with the nutrients. It also can be made out of almost anything. It can be made out of food waste. “Shoot for a balance of brown and green materials for the best results; think straw, leaves and grass.” (Today.com.)
Plant cover crops
Doing this will help prevent soil erosion, along with increased levels of the amount of organic matter in garden beds. They also add nutrients to your garden which is great to help it grow healthy and happy.
Clean and sharpen tools
Get them ready for use in the spring. Happy gardening!!!
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