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Winter Tips for Your Garden

by Peggy Calhoun

Here are a few winter garden tips from PEA member Peggy Calhoun of Garden ANew to keep your plants healthy and your garden looking great:

  • Wrap frost tender plants with small Christmas lights to protect them from a freeze.  It puts out a couple of degrees of heat and could protect the plants from freezing.  Note that the new LED lights do not generate heat so use the original type of lights.
  • Wait until the danger of frost is past to cut back frost tender plants that may have been damaged, around March 1-15.  The dead leaves from the first frost will protect the underneath part of the plant.
  • Mulch exposed soil areas to protect the roots of plants from lower soil temperatures.  It also helps to hold moisture in the soil and reduce weed growth.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts of fall leaf litter (add to the compost pile) and divert water from downspouts away from the foundation of the house.
  • Turn your irrigation controller to ‘rain’ or ‘off’ during the rainy season.  If there has been no rain for two weeks, turn controller on manually and run through each station to keep plants and trees hydrated through a dry spell.

Peggy Calhoun has been designing gardens for over 19 years. With her clients based mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area, she specializes in residential garden design. Peggy is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and was the 2003 SF Bay Area APLD design competition winner. See samples of her work at her website:  www.GardenANew.com

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