cat looking out window in winter

Winter Garden Tips


Indoor Tasks

Willow bouquet on a window sill. Spring, morning. flowering quince branches in vase

  • Decorate your interior with branches of witch hazel, pussy willow, and other spring-blooming shrubs that you can force indoors.
  • Be sure to check on your stored bulbs for rot or mold. Read on for how and why to store tender bulbs over the winter.



Planning is Key to a Beautiful Landscape

Now is the right time to work with a designer to plan your landscape: quiet snowy days are wonderful for contemplating the placement of new garden beds and structures, when perennial flowers have disappeared and trees are bare of leaves. You can see the garden without the distraction of color, so it’s the best time to think about adding or renovating walls, walkways, driveways, terraces, and water features. Schedule time with A Yard & A Half for a free estimate.

While it’s still cold out, start planning your 2018 veggie and/or flower garden! Draw inspiration from garden catalogs and start ordering your seeds and bulbs. Consider which parts of your garden receive the most sunlight; vegetables flourish when they receive at least 6 hours of sunshine.


 Winter Protection

woodpecker eats from birdfeeder

  • Feed the birds. A garden with a rich bird population means less insect damage once your plants begin growing again.
  • Try to keep off your lawn if it is frozen. Grass can be damaged at this time of year.
  • Check your winter protection on your plants: deer netting, fences, straw coverage, burlap wraps, etc, and reapply where necessary.
  • As the soil freezes and swells during winter, frost can lift plants out of the ground. Monitor your garden and press down any plants affected by frost heaves.



Trees and Shrubs

coniferous shrub covered in snow

Are dead, damaged, or diseased branches too close to the house or driveway? Don’t let a heavy snow bring them down with a crash. Did you know that the best time to prune trees is when they are dormant? Now is also the time to open up the canopy of mature trees on your property, and let more light in for spring gardening plans.

In late February, you can also start pruning ornamental trees. Corrective pruning helps protect your trees from disease and insect damage and keeps your trees at a safer distance from your home during storms.

Use a broom to knock heavy snow off hedges and evergreens.