With the holidays around the corner, the last thing most of us are thinking about is the landscape. However, there is still much to do in the garden to have a safe and beautiful winter, as well as a productive spring.
- Protect trees and shrubs from buck rub and deer browse. Learn more about how to protect your plants here.
- Clear leaves and sticks from storm drains and gutters to reduce flooding and ice accumulation.
- Shred fallen leaves and use them as mulch in your beds.
- Plant bulbs for spring. Autumn marks the ideal time to plant bulbs through your gardens. A little effort now will reward you next spring!
- Mark perennials now for dividing and transplanting in the spring so you’ll know where they are before they disappear.
- Build a compost area for decomposing garden vegetation and holiday veggie scraps.
- Winterize your rain barrels by draining the contents. Leave the valve open until spring.
- Start the landscape design process over the winter so you’re ready to install in early spring. Design gift certificates make a great holiday gift for loved ones.
- Find inspiration in the landscape for centerpieces and winter containers. For details, check out Design & Decorate with Textures from the Landscape.