October, 2012

Gardening Tips for Cool Weather

October 26th, 2012 by ewcAdmin

There are simple but important tips that can keep garden healthy all through fall and winter and prepare it for the growing season in spring. Here are some tips:

Add Mulch
If the garden is in an area that’s subject to a frost/thaw cycle, it’s important to add mulch to newly planted beds. This should be done after the soil has frozen, as this will keep the temperature constant. If the temperature is allowed to fluctuate, the expansion and contraction of the soil might heave a plant right out of the ground and destroy its roots or expose them to freezing temperatures. The best mulch to use for winter are pine needle, straw and salt hay. In climates that are warmer, this sort of mulching isn’t necessary.

In early spring. the winter mulch should be gently raked away from the crowns of the plants when they begin to bud.

Top Dress The Lawn
As the weather cools, it’s a good time to top dress the lawn, especially if the soil is poor. The top dressing can be a mix of peat, loam and sand. The gardener should also fill in dips and hollows in the lawn at this time to make the lawn even for mowing.

Attend to the Herb Bed
The herb garden also needs attention in cool weather. After a few years, sage becomes leggy and needs to be cut back to the main stem or replaced with new plants. Mint will need to be restrained, and annuals like dill and sweet basil will need to be replaced. Chives can host unwanted grass roots and should be lifted out in clumps, divided and replanted. All perennial herbs should get their last cut in the autumn, so their new growth can have time to harden during the winter.

Tips for Fall Clean Up Of Yard And Garden

October 16th, 2012 by ewcAdmin

Autumn is a beautiful season and the perfect time to take advantage of the slower plant growth to prepare your yard and garden for next spring.

Clean your garden by pulling up all left over plants and weeds and till the soil. Next spring you will have a nice plot of ground ready to plant rather than a big tangled mess of weeds and dead plants.

When the last leaves have fallen, make sure you rake them from your yard and pick up any fallen branches. This will keep them from choking new grass growth in the spring. Fall is the perfect time to fertilize and aerate your yard as well.

When the autumn months draw to a close, it is time to put away the yard and garden tools. Take the time to clean and store them properly so they survive the winter in good shape. Perform maintenance on them if it is needed so when spring returns you can fire up your mower and put out your lawn furniture without having to fix and clean them first.

Don’t forget to check your home to make sure it is ready for the winter too. Clean leaves out of the gutters and trim limbs a little if they might scrape your roof when they are heavy with snow. Fall is not the ideal time for heavy trimming so just do enough so the trees won’t hit against your roof when the cold winter winds blow. A little time spent during the fall can help you avoid big repairs and extra work when growing season returns.