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July 2, 2019

Watagan Park Landscaping shares some of their best advice for caring for your garden during the cooler months, ready for thriving growth in spring.

Winter pruning

The dormant months are ideal for pruning and trimming perennial plants. You can also prune the vast majority of shrubs and hedges during this time. If you’re thinking about trimming your trees, now is perfect for evergreen and deciduous varieties. Inspect the tree thoroughly and cut back only failing or decayed branches. Unless you are absolutely confident in your tree pruning capabilities, we recommend consulting a reliable landscaping company. Have them remove any dead trees or high branches prior to winter if possible. Winter storms can bring high winds, which can turn dead limbs into falling hazards.

Remove leaves and debris

Throughout fall and into winter, it is very important to remove leaves from your lawn every few days. Leaves and debris that sit on the surface of your lawn prevent sunlight from reaching the grass blades underneath. Less sun equals less growth, which means your grass won’t look as lush and healthy. It can also result in a spotty looking lawn, with patches of dead or brown-looking grass.

Prepare planting beds for mulch

As spring approaches, get a head start on your planting beds in four easy steps:

  1. Prune all shrubs, trees and perennials in your planting beds.
  2. Remove all leaves and other debris.
  3. After your beds are clear, define the edges of the planting beds by first hard edging, followed by a perimeter pass with a lawn mower along the edge, and then line trimming for a clean, crisp finish.
  4. Finally, install your bulbs for spring. For ideal results, the bulbs should be planted in a well-draining, elevated planting bed.

Mulch installation

Mulch your planting beds at a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches. Mulch is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also acts as a shield against harsh winter weather. Having over 1.5 inches of mulch keeps the roots of your plants warm and protected. As you mulch, be certain not to cover the trunk of any shrub or tree trunks. Mulch holds moisture and can cause trunk and root rot if it is spread too heavily around the base of plantings. For a finished look, contour the mulch by patting it down and compacting it with the back of a pitchfork or rake.

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For more stories on living, creating and exploring the local neighbourhood, read the winter edition of the Watagan Park Wanderer Magazine here.

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