As we get deeper into the fall season, the time is closing in for winter lawn and garden preparations. Although what you’re growing will affect the preparations, your Natick landscaper, Cataldo Landscaping, has created this helpful list to get you started.
Contrary to popular belief, mulching is not just a springtime task. If you never got around to mulching this summer, it’s not too late! Because of the heavy frosts and freezing of New England soil, mulching shouldn’t be overlooked. A thick layer will help to protect your perennials. However, mulch doesn’t have to just be the traditional wood that many of us think of. Chopped leaves and straw will also provide ample protection to your gardens. In fact, if you have nearby trees that have dropped leaves, that may be all of the protection your plants need for the cold winter months ahead.
However, before mulching, cutting your perennials back will help to remove any lingering pests or diseases. Plus, it will make your spring garden tasks more manageable with a clean look already in place!
To extend the life of your annuals, keep on watering them until the frost kills them off. Further measures can include lying garden fabric to protect them from frost, and bringing them indoors on chilly nights. Obviously, the latter applies only to container displays that can be easily moved. Rule of thumb is that these types of plants should be protected if the nightly temperature falls below 40 degrees. Once the outside daytime temperature drops below 40, there is no longer the need to bring them indoors.
Trees and shrubs
Just like your gardens, it’s important to keep trees and shrubs watered until the ground freezes. However, if the fall has proven to be a rainy season, this step is not as imperative. Once the ground freezes, cover the base of your tree with organic protection, such as chopped leaves (similar to the mulching method above). If your trees or shrubs are young, covering or wrapping in burlap can help them through the bitter days ahead.
For information on complete lawn care, contact your Natick landscaper, Cataldo Landscaping at (781) 762-7080.