The country-wide switch from Daylight Savings to Standard Time is the annual signal (if you needed one) for gardeners to prepare their gardens for winter. Plant activity is slowing down, and leaves are coloring up and dropping. Winter-blooming Hellebores, Camellias and Edgeworthias are budding up, and holly berries are beginning to redden. It's time to roll up hoses and be sure irrigation systems are drained, as well as to protect plants in nursery pots. Best to rake out and clear away dead (and especially diseased) annuals and vegetable plants from summer, and to protect cold-hardy crops inside winter tunnels in colder climates.
Perennials are going dormant and tender annuals are history. This is not the time to prune woody ornamentals, but instead make some fresh leaf mold with this year's leaf drop, and fork in well-rotted compost to improve your soil richness. This week on #Plantchat swap some of your area's tips on winter garden prep and get hints from the team at Proven Winners!
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Join @CoronaTools and #plantchat co-partner, Stacey Hirvala, Jane Beggs-Joles and Shannon Springer representing Proven Winners @Proven_Winners on this week's topic, Prepping the Garden for Winter. The live chat begins Monday, November 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST, were we come together with green industry experts and fellow horticultural tweeps each week to discuss all things related to plants and horticulture, since 2014.
Winter Prep - in most climates, fall is a time to protect, not prune
Mulching - the single most important thing to do for your plants
Value of Leaves - leaves are useful and full of nutrients, so don't rake them away and discard them
Neat v.s. Untidy - Leaving the garden a little “messy” for winter is good for wildlife, soil, and your plants
Planning Time! - if your landscape looks dull, start planning how to improve it for a happier winter next year
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