How to winterize your garden


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Baby, it’s getting cold outside. And while you have the ability to go inside and warm up with a blanket and hot chocolate, your lawn and garden are stuck outside to weather the winter months.

Which is why we have a checklist for preparing your great outdoors for the approaching chilly weather.

• Begin by cleaning up leaves and debris, which can harbor pests and diseases.
Try these leaf blowers:
Troy-Bilt TB4HB gas leaf blower
LEHR Eco Blower
Toro Electric Blower

• If your lawn has been damaged by the summer heat, reseed it. Top-dress the seed with up to ¼-in. compost or soil to help it take root. Click here for a guide on seeding your lawn from Lowe’s.

• Keep watering your plants and lawns in the fall. When you get hit by freezing temperatures, drain your garden hoses and store them in a sheltered place so they don’t freeze or crack.

• Store your garden furniture in the garage or shed.

• Renew the mulch in your flowerbeds, particularly the top 2 to 3 ins., to protect plants from freezes. Need help mulching? Home Depot has your covered here.

• Don’t go crazy pruning your plants, since this promotes growth. Allow your plants to go dormant in the winter.

• Some spring bulbs should be planted in the fall. Larger bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, should be planted in the fall, but they won't bloom until spring. Many vegetable plants, such as beets, broccoli and cabbage, grow best in the winter.

• Cover containers that you plan on keeping outdoors to prevent freezing and cracking. Stainless steel, aluminum, tin and copper covers all work.

• Cover your garden bed with burlap to keep weeds at bay. Or plant a nitrogen-rich cover crop, such as clover.

• Once you’re done winterizing your garden, clean, oil, sharpen and store your tools in a dry place to prevent rusting.

• Don’t forget to winterize your power equipment. Drain the gas from your lawn mower and other gas-powered equipment once you’re done using them.

Any advice I missed? Comment below with your garden winterization tips.