Winter Garden Tips


Uploaded by groworganic on 01.11.2012

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Hi, I'm Tricia, an organic gardener. I grow organically. for a healthy and safe food
supply
For a clean and sustainable environment
for a rewarding and enjoyable experience
Autumn is in the air and there's a few simple tasks you can do to prepare your garden
for the winter and save yourself time this spring
now that the fall rains and frosts are here it's time to turn the irrigation system
off
once you turn your water off drain your irrigation lines
you don't want any water left in the system to freeze and damage irrigation
lines and emitters.
Sometimes water can get trapped in low spots in your irrigation like this.
You can either install an inline valve or you can blow compressed air through the line.
Wrap exposed pipes to protect them from frost.
Disconnect garden hoses and store them in the shed or garage.
Don't store them kinked.
Clean and sharpen your tools.
Oil the wood handles in preparation for storage over the winter and for more
information about this watch our tool care video.
Read the labels of your liquid fertilizer pest control products and make sure that
they're not gonna be harmed from freezing. If so, store them in an
appropriate place.
Once you've winterized your tools and equipment it's time to take care of your
plants.
Put tree guards on young, thin-barked trees to prevent sunscald.
Sunscald usually happens on the south or southwest side of a tree.
The sun warms up the tree and causes bark cells to wake up prematurely and be
vulnerable to frost.
Tree guards are also good for preventing girdling caused by hungry
rabbits in mice in the winter.
Another fall task is to pick up any dropped fruit.
That will prevent over wintering of pests and diseases.
Don't forget that fall is a great time to plan things like wild flowers and
alliums like onions, leeks and garlic.
Removed dead vegetables from your vegetable garden roots and all.
This removal of dead vegetation helps reduce the amount of pathogens that over
winter in the garden.
Cut back perennials
for more information about fall perennial vegetable care check out our
video.
Mulch your trees, shrubs and perennials.
Using compost underneath a layer straw or bark mulch.
Make sure the mulch does not come right up to the trunk or stem.
Mulch prevents weed growth, prevents perennials being heaved up by frost and
it helps insulate the roots.
Get your garden ready for the winter and organic for life