Gardening Tips

Winter Gardening Tips

-Water all trees, shrubs, and perennials that have been planted within the past two years. If the winter is dry this supplemental water is essential and critical for their survival.

-Apply a new layer of mulch to help retain the moisture that you’re adding to the soil.

-Begin planning for your summer garden when the seed catalogs being to arrive.

-Turn the compost pile regularly.

-Move birdbaths, fountains, and statuary inside or cover them well if you plan to leave them outside. If you don’t protect them, water will collect in them and freeze, cracking the item.

-Bring a new houseplant home to brighten a winter weary space. Consider cyclamen, Christmas cactus, african violets, or another blooming variety. They’ll help to purify stuffy indoor winter air.

-Check stored bulbs peroidically for signs of rot and to make sure they aren’t sprouting.

-Purchase seeds and seed starting supplies now for best selection. Certain varieties sell out fast.

-Start peppers inside in February or March to be sure that these slow growers will be ready to plant when your garden is.

-Buy fresh herbs and place them in a windowsill to snip off of throughout the winter months. They’ll not only taste delicious, but also remind you that spring is around the corner.

-Check houseplants for pests and diseases regularly. Re-pot when the days begin to grow longer and the sun is stronger.

-Use birdseed for traction instead of salt on icy or snowy pathways. Your lawn and the birds will thank you.

-Gently shake heavy snowfall from tree limbs and shrub branches to avoid breakage. If some of them are damaged, prune back with a clean cut to avoid further splintering and damage or the possibility of diseases and pest infestation.