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Winter is Coming: The Ultimate Garden Prep Guide

Snowflakes, frosty mornings, and cozy fireside evenings - winter paints a picturesque scene, doesn't it? But before we wrap ourselves in warm blankets and sip on hot cocoa, there's an important task at hand: ensuring our beloved garden is ready to face the chilly onslaught. After all, as we protect ourselves from winter's bite, our plants need a shield too!

Why Winter Prep Matters

Just as you wouldn't step out in the cold without your winter gear, plants too need their protective measures. The sudden drop in temperature, frost, and decreased sunlight can be harsh on them. Proper preparation ensures your garden bounces back in full glory once spring arrives.

1. Time for a Trim

Deciduous Trees & Shrubs: Prune them after the leaves have fallen, but before the deepest cold sets in. This helps in directing energy to the roots and ensuring healthy growth in spring.

Perennials: Cut back dry stems to ground level after the first frost to keep the garden tidy and prevent diseases.

2. The Mulch Magic

Mulching is like giving your plants a cozy blanket. A 2-4 inch layer of organic mulch like straw, shredded bark, or leaves can protect plant roots from frost and retain soil moisture.

3. Lawn Love

Before the first freeze, give your lawn a final mow and rake away fallen leaves. This prevents fungal diseases that thrive under damp conditions.

4. Hydration Station

Water your plants thoroughly until the ground freezes. Roots need ample moisture to stay insulated during winter.

5. Protect the Tender Ones

Some plants are more susceptible to cold than others. For these, consider:

  • Wrapping: Burlap or frost cloths work wonders for shrubs and young trees.

  • Container Shift: Move potted plants indoors or to a sheltered location.

6. Fall Fertilization

A slow-release fertilizer helps plants store nutrients they’ll need to survive the cold months. Always follow the recommended guidelines for application.

7. Bid Farewell to Weeds

Weeds are notorious for stealing essential nutrients. Do a thorough weed clean-up to give your plants an edge.

8. Prep Your Tools

Clean, sharpen, and oil your gardening tools. Store them in a dry place. This ensures they're rust-free and ready when spring returns.

9. Plan for Spring

While it might seem early, winter is a great time to plan next year's garden. As you prep, take notes on what worked and what didn’t. Dream, design, and get ready for the next season!

Final Thoughts

While winter might spell dormancy for many plants, with a little care and preparation, your garden can thrive and come back even more splendid. As the leading landscaping experts, J.Molina Landscaping prides itself on helping you keep your garden in top shape year-round. Got questions or need personalized advice? We're just a call away!

Warm up with peace of mind, knowing your garden is tucked in and ready for winter's embrace.

Call us today 810-294-9417

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