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6 Great Winter Garden Projects
Here are 6 cold-weather projects that promise to pay off come Spring
1. Clear out the flower beds:
Irises have died and their long dead stalks are still erected. There’s no shame in your dead tulips or your shriveledsucculents garden.Now that winter’sarriving, pick up your spade, put on your gloves, and clean out your garden beds.
Take a long look at your yard, and decide which landscaping elements worked superbly last year. Removing plants is easier when they’re in hibernation, so pull up the roots and start dreaming. Don’t be afraid to get rid of what didn’t grow well year over year. What will next year’s experiment be?
2. Get planting:
With your flower beds cleared out, you might think you have nothing but time to kill until spring planting season arrives. But you don’t have to wait that long. Fallis actually a great time for planting; with some care,a little autumnal attention can mean a beautiful spring garden.
Many common bulbs, like tulips and daffodils, will bloom great in spring when planted in the fall. Pick your bulbs carefully. The best ones will be firm to the touch. A few inches of mulch on top will keep them safe all winter.
3. Give your grass the final cut:
You might think the length of your grass doesn’t matter heading into winter. But it does. The health of your yard depends on your giving it one last good cut before chilly temps and frosty weather settle in.
“Longer grass can be matted down by heavy snow, which can cause ‘snow mold’ and impact airflow,” says Fain Dalton, the owner of The Grounds Guys of Germantown. Snow mold is a nasty fungus that grows during the winter and mars your lawn when the snow melts, leaving matted, discolored grass.
4. Spray your weeds:
Wouldn’t it be nice if your lawn emerged verdant andand weed lessin the Spring? Of course the answer is yes, so start murdering that unwanted greenery now.
How? As it turns out, your grass is soaking up any nutrients it can find in preparation for the long, cold winter—and so are the weeds.
If you spray now going into Winter the Dandelions and Creeping Charlies will soak up the weed killer.
5. Aerate your yard
If you want your outdoor space to look lush and green once the snow melts, aerating your lawn is a great first step. Aerating your lawn gets air, nutrients, and water into the roots and help produce a stronger lawn.
Once your lawn is aerated, give it something to munch on before the first frost.Purchase a late-seasonfertilizer, which will help the grass retain vital nutrients during the winter.
6. Trim your perennials
Snails and slugs spend all autumn chowing down on your beloved perennials—but you can stop them in their tracks by cutting back the perennials before the season gets going. Cut them to the ground to send energy to the roots for next spring resulting in healthier spring beds.
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