GardenWise on Winter Garden Repairs
As the snows piles high, frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, and your gardens must sleep through the bombardment of winter. But our work is never done. As more snow storms approach many areas, here’s a short list of what you can do right now to repair snow damaged gardens and prepare your garden for the post-winter months:
• After wet snow or high wind, check for broken branches and cut them off to prevent the further tearing of bark. And remember to sharpen your tools before using! Sharp tools make cutting easier and they are less apt to tear at the at the bark when cuts are made.
• If possible, drain any garden puddles that stand more than a few hours. Do not walk on garden soil when soggy, and avoid walking on water-saturated lawns.
• Check mulch for disturbance by squirrels & birds, and repair as needed.
• Make notes of possible garden improvements, additions, or even deletions as you walk around the garden. Contemplate what you will need for these improvements and make a schedule for the spring.
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