Winter Protection

Garden Tool Winter Shape Up

Posted in Garden Tools, Winter Protection

Garden Tool Winter Shape Up

I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I used to just toss my garden tools on a shelf in the garage at the end of the season. It wasn’t pleasant finding them in shabby shape the following May…encrusted in dried mud with dull blades. Now I take the time to clean and sharpen them before […]

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I’m a bit ashamed to admit that I used to just toss my garden tools on a shelf in the garage at the end of the season. It wasn’t pleasant finding them in shabby shape the following May…encrusted in dried mud with dull blades. Now I take the time to clean and sharpen them before their long winter’s nap. A little effort now makes a huge difference in the spring! The best thing you can do for your gardening implements is to clean, oil, and sharpen them before putting them away. Not only will it lift your spirits in the spring to find them raring to go…sharp tools...

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Winter Protection For Evergreens

Posted in Shrubs, Trees, Winter Protection

Winter Protection For Evergreens

Winter can be unkind to needle evergreens and the broadleaf variety…especially those evergreens that were recently planted in the ground. I discovered this the hard way…after two Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce I planted several years ago in September died over the winter. I now know how to prevent this…read on for cold weather protection tips […]

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Winter can be unkind to needle evergreens and the broadleaf variety…especially those evergreens that were recently planted in the ground. I discovered this the hard way…after two Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce I planted several years ago in September died over the winter. I now know how to prevent this…read on for cold weather protection tips for your evergreens. Pines, spruces, firs, yews and junipers are examples of needle evergreens popular in Zone 5. Rhododendrons, hollies, and boxwoods are types of broadleaf evergreens that do well in our area. High winds and winter sun...

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Bringing Plants Indoors For Winter

Posted in Container Gardening, Winter Protection

Bringing Plants Indoors For Winter

For Zone 5 & 6 gardeners, late September and early October is the time to think about bringing those plants you can’t live without indoors for the winter. Here are some practical tips to make sure your plants stay happy and healthy inside your home until next spring … Of course, annuals can be discarded […]

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For Zone 5 & 6 gardeners, late September and early October is the time to think about bringing those plants you can’t live without indoors for the winter. Here are some practical tips to make sure your plants stay happy and healthy inside your home until next spring … Of course, annuals can be discarded once they’ve lived out their seasonal lifespan. Impatiens, zinnias, petunias and other annuals that are easy to obtain can be disposed of once their time is finished … Take It Slow For the plants you want to save, acclimate them slowly to their indoor winter...

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Winter Container Garden Ideas

Posted in Container Gardening, Winter Protection

Winter Container Garden Ideas

Many folks just empty their plant containers for the winter months and let them sit idle until warm weather beckons. Why not keep them looking good and visually appealing by creating a winter container garden? There are a number of choices available that can bring color and interest to your doorstep during the coldest of […]

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Many folks just empty their plant containers for the winter months and let them sit idle until warm weather beckons. Why not keep them looking good and visually appealing by creating a winter container garden? There are a number of choices available that can bring color and interest to your doorstep during the coldest of spells … and best of all they can last until spring arrives. Don’t just craft your containers for the holidays. Sure you can stick a jolly Santa or red-nosed reindeer in temporarily, but try filling them with displays that look great and add winter interest for...

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How To Winterize Roses

Posted in Roses, Winter Protection

How To Winterize Roses

Winterizing roses is very important to ensure they survive the cold months and vigorously grow from year to year. Not all roses need winter protection in Zone 5. Hardy shrub roses such as those in the Knock Out family do not require any special winter maintenance procedures. The more tender roses like hybrid teas, grandifloras, […]

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Winterizing roses is very important to ensure they survive the cold months and vigorously grow from year to year. Not all roses need winter protection in Zone 5. Hardy shrub roses such as those in the Knock Out family do not require any special winter maintenance procedures. The more tender roses like hybrid teas, grandifloras, and floribundas should be protected from winter damage. Before we get to the steps involved, there are several things you can do to make sure your roses survive winter … long before the cold winds blow. First of all, choose the most winter hardy roses available...

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