Preparing for winter in the garden is something most people do not want to think about.If you live in the northern part of the country it is a reality that is slowly creeping up on us as each day passes. It may seem like we have plenty of time left, but it really does pay off in the long run to get your winter preparations started now.
You need to get your flower beds cleaned up and all your spring flowering bulbs in the ground by the end of the month. Be sure to keep watering your evergreens every week until the ground starts to freeze. Once the ground is frozen evergreens can not take up any more moisture but they will still transpire so will dehydrate if not fully hydrated before the ground freezes.
Mow your lawn short at the last mowing of the year this will help to keep trash and debris from accumulatingÃ‚ over winter. Be sure to remove the leaves as well,Ã‚ leaves and debris harbor pests and disease that could damage the lawn.
Gas powered lawn equipment should have the gasoline removed before winter storage. Be sure to run the equipment until all the gas is gone or add a gasoline stabilizer to the gas so that the equipment will start in the spring with outÃ‚ carburetor problems from the old gas. This is very important and one of the leading causes of small engine repairs. Make sure the blades are sharpened and light oil applied. Lightly oil all chains as well. Be sure to change the oil and air fillter and clean the machine before storing. This will insure that the machine is ready to go in the spring when you will need it.
If you have an irrigation system be sure to have it blown out and winterized before the temperatures start to drop in to the thirties at night. The last thing you want to do is to wake up in the morning and find patches of ice on your walks, steps, or driveway. BelieveÃ‚ me I know it happened to me once and now I never push the envelope it is high on my list of winter preparations. Nit only is it dangerous but embarrassing as well . On the upside it gives the neighbors quit a chuckle.
Now is also the time to be sure that the snow thrower is working and running fine. Nobody wants to be out in the garage the night before the first snow storm fiddling around with a machine that just won’t start. It is better to get it done today so put it at the top of the list. While working on the list don’t forget to add deicing salt as well.
I know the thought of winter is umplesent but the more you do know the less problems you will have latter when the cold nasty weather hits.