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Wonderful Winter Gardening

Posted on: December 14, 2011

Just because winter is here (yup, the warm weather is really over!), doesn’t mean your garden can’t be beautiful. There are many plants and flowers that grow in the winter – you just need to know how to take care of your garden!

How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

In preparation for the long winter ahead, there are several steps you should take to ensure your garden stays in the best shape possible. Some of the many things you can do to prepare your garden for the winter include:

Add a layer of organic material such as mulch (about six inches deep is best) – this keeps away rodents that want to nest in the soil.

Mulch shrub and perennial beds with pine needles – this protects the soil and roots from the cold temperatures.

Put wire or some other protection around young trees – this keeps any critters from eating the bark.

Throw away any dead plants or flowers.

If you plan on doing any of these preparations, we suggest you act quickly – it’s already mid-December, and it’s only going to get colder!

Winter Flowers & Plants

There is a lot of winter foliage that can make your garden flourish. The list is exhaustive, so we’ll name just a few to give you some ideas:

•    Winter jasmine
•    Evergreens like holly, winterberry, camellia, etc.
•    Witch hazels
•    Grape hollies
•    Erica species of winter heaths
•    Crocus bulbs

Do you like to grow vegetables in your garden? Many vegetables are able to grow over the winter. The best ones to grow in the cold months include:

•    Peas and sugar snap peas
•    Onions
•    Asparagus
•    Spinach
•    Spring cabbage

Have any winter garden grievances? Let Four Seasons help transform your garden into a beautiful area, even during the cold months. Contact our landscape designers today for more winter gardening tips!

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