5 Winter Gardening Tips

Here are 5 winter gardening tips to help prepare your garden for winter. Start now to reap the rewards next spring.

Winter Gardening Tip No. 1 – Know your Zone.  Before you dive in to any garden project, you should know your zone. This quick USDA Zone Guide will be useful to any gardener. 

Gardening Tip No. 2 – Mulch, Mulch, Mulch.  Use mulch to keep the garden soil warm and moist. A thick layer of mulch can protect roots and bulbs from winter frost. Unprotected soil loses water much faster during the cold winter months. 

Gardening Tip No. 3 – Hardscaping.  Winter is a good time to evaluate your hardscaping. You can see the bare bones of your garden. Do you need new seating or a new garden gate? Are your garden paths working well or do they need to be redirected? Would a trellis or arbor add some interest to your garden?

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Garden gate

Tip No. 4 – Protect Your Trees & Shrubs.   Bundle up tender saplings and young shrubs with natural burlap.  Natural materials are ideal to protect large plants from frost. Be sure to remove the burlap when temperatures rise above freezing.

Tip No. 5 – Tool Inventory.  This fall/winter take inventory of your gardening tools. Sharpen blades, remove rust and replace worn out tools. Maybe even put “new gardening tools” on your Christmas wish list.

Winter gardening tips - Use an old mailbox to hold garden tools

Use an old mailbox to hold garden tools

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