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Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Garden Tidbit


For all those folks that recently planted perennials this past spring, summer or fall, don’t forget to protect that newly planted material during winter’s unfriendly cold spells with mulch. This extra exercise should be done when the perennials and annuals are deadheaded and the beds are completely clean. Mulch acts as an insulating blanket to keep the ground from repeated freezing and thawing, which heaves newly planted perennials out of the ground. But hold on before you shovel the mulch. Don’t layer it on your beds for the winter season until the ground is completely frozen. Otherwise, you’re setting up the perfect Holiday Inn for the unwanted winter creatures (mice and the like) that make a total mess of your flower beds. As one unknown author pointed out, “The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” 

P.S. In case you need a more complete fall to do garden list to assist, here’s one from the archives. 

Image of Purple Sage dotted with frost by Ann Bilowz  

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