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5 Important Winter Lawn and Garden Chores

Tuesday, November 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lauren Middleton
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Winter solstice is a month away and some snow has even fallen across the state already. Late November and early December are optimal times to finish up lawn and gardening chores before the snow really falls. Winter lawn and gardening chores can help you have a successful and easy start to spring gardening.

 

Here are 5 important winter gardening chores.

 
1. Clean up around the garden. Make sure all your tools are put away and cleaned thoroughly. You will also want place any lawn furniture away as well. Ice can easily damage wooden, metal, and plastic lawn furniture. You’ll also want to bring in any planters. Terra cotta planters are especially vulnerable to breakage from ice so be sure to store those out of the elements as well.

 
2. Do one last weeding. This can even be done after the first snow. Doing a last weeding will prevent weed germination over the winter and lessen the chance of the weeds growing back in the spring. 

 
3. Bring your sprinklers, water hoses, and nozzles inside. If there is any water inside them, they will rupture from frozen water if left out in freezing weather. When bringing the items inside, makes sure you remove all the water from them. Water left to sit over the winter will cause the hoses to develop mold. 

 
4. Drain the gas from all of your power equipment. Gas that is left in unused equipment can actually be very damaging. A good method to empty the gas is to empty what you can and run the motors until they will not work anymore.

 
5. Mulch around your trees and garden beds. Mulching too early in the season can actually attract rodents who will want to build nests in it. Late November is a great time to mulch because there is usually minimal snow on the ground and the rodents are not out to make nests in the mulch.  

 

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