This time of year many of us want to spend as little time outside as possible. So this month’s Garden checklist is divided into tasks you can do inside your warm home and tasks that require some time outside.
- Carefully plan your vegetable garden for next year. Start ordering your bulbs, flower seeds, and vegetable seeds for the coming season. Early spring vegetables like lettuce, peas, and onions should be ordered now so you can start your spring seedlings inside the house weeks before you transplant them outside. Tips when planning your garden:
- Consider which flowers and vegetables worked well last year and which didn’t.
- Be sure to rotate your crops to avoid a buildup of pests and diseases.
- Remember that vegetables grow best with at least six hours of sunlight.
- (You may need to go outside a bit for this one.) Now is the right time to work with a designer to plan your landscape. Leafless trees and a barer landscape give you a better view of your garden, so it’s a good time to consider adding or renovating garden beds, walls, walkways, driveways, terraces, and water features. Schedule time with A Yard & A Half for a free estimate.
- Check any stored bulbs (like dahlias) for mold or rot.
- Sharpen the blades of your lawn mower for clean cuts.
- When watering houseplants remember to use room temperature water.
- Knock heavy snow off hedges and evergreens with a broom to prevent damage.
- Inspect your gardens for frost heaves. If any plants have been lifted by the frost, press them back into place.
- Winter is a great time to prune your trees since they’re dormant. Don’t let a heavy snow bring down damaged branches with a crash. (See last week’s blog for more info on this.) Schedule pruning for your large trees. We offer a 10% discount on tree pruning during the winter.