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6 Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Fall is quickly approaching, and there are some things you need to do to prepare your garden for winter.

Without making the necessary preparations, your plants, trees, and shrubs might not come back strong and healthy when spring returns.

We don’t want that to happen to you. So, we put this step-by-step guide together to help you protect your garden through the winter months. Keep reading to learn how.

Step #1: Discard Annuals & Cut Back Perennials

When plants experience a hard frost, you’ll need to use a pair of pruning shears to cut them back. You’ll then want to throw those pieces in your compost pile. 

It’s important to cut back perennials because certain types are more likely to experience foliage damage and blight. And others will be harder to cut back if you wait until spring because of the plants’ condition. However, one thing to note is that woody perennials, like Russian sage and lavender, don’t need cutting — you can leave them alone.

Step #2: Apply Mulch

When preparing your garden for winter, it’s important to use mulch. It protects your perennials from harsh weather. Also, the mulch adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. 

To mulch your garden in preparation for winter, wait until late fall to add it. You’ll want to make sure you create a layer that is 2 to 4 inches deep or deeper if you’re covering a tender perennial.

Step #3: Protect Trees From Sunscald

Sunscald occurs during late winter when the days are warmer, and the nighttime temperatures plummet. Some trees are more likely to develop sunscald, like thin-bark trees, or newly planted ones. It’s important to prevent sunscalding of trees because it causes visible damage to the tree’s bark. 

When protecting your trees from sunscald, you’ll cover them with tree wrap and tape it with duct tape. Once spring arrives, you pull the wrapping off.

Step #4: Protect Shrubs & Trees from Rabbit Damage

If you don’t protect your shrubs and trees during the winter, rabbits will cause damage by chewing on the twigs and bark. 

If you want to get in front of this problem and protect your plants, use some wire fencing. Make sure it’s anywhere from 3 to 4 feet high and encloses the entire shrub or plant. You should do the same to any newly planted trees as rabbits are known for eating the bark all around the trunk.

Where to Purchase the Best Mulch for Preparing Your Garden for Winter

Hardwood mulch is hands down the most attractive mulch you can use for your garden. With a few different color options, you’re sure to get a style that’ll complement your landscape and home.

As a bonus, hardwood mulch adds extra nutrients to the soil as it breaks down and decomposes over time — making your plants healthier.
Give us a call or stop by to pick up the hardwood mulch you need today. We even sell in bulk!