The Snow’s a Big Mean &#*!

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.

 See more winter landscape images 

Gardenwise on Winter Garden Repairs

Gardenwise On Winter Garden Activities 

The snows piles high,  frigid weather wraps stealthily around us, and your garden must sleep through the bombard- ment of winter.  

But our work is never done.  Here’s a short list of what you can do right now to repair show  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 further tearing of bark.  And remember to sharpen your tools before using!  Sharp tools make cutting easier and they’re 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.

 See more winter landscape images  

 

 

GardenWise on Winter Garden Preparation

Winter Gardens

Well, we’ve had our first snow storm for the 2010/2011 season!   The snow came  early this year, so it’s important for all gardeners to prepare their flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants for winter if you haven’t already done so.    

Many plants can be  vulnerable to our chilly and snowy winter season, so take the necessary steps to protect them to ensure a healthy spring and summer blooming season next year. It’s  important to carefully look at the various trees, shrubs, bushes, flowers and other plants that make up your landscape to determine the care they will need.

The feeding, fertilization, watering and care of each plant will vary, so it’s  important to give each plant what it needs now to prepare for winter.  Some plants will need to be pruned to create even borders in the snow, while others will need a healthy dose of fertilization to survive the winter.

Proper fall garden preparation can lessen the work necessary in the spring, and will cut down on the cost considerably.  It can also make your garden a year-round source of inspiration. 

Check out some beautiful winter gardens we’ve designed over the past few seasons

DC’s GardenWise on Multi-Season Gardens

I design our gardens with multi-seasonal interest, which is very important since we experience all the seasons here in the DC-area. Creating a garden that will display great visual appeal each month of the year is GardenWise’s goal, so I was excited when I read this story in The English Garden called ‘A Plan for All Seasons’ and wanted to share this multi-seasonal garden in action. 

“Clockwise from Top left – In winter, grasses such as Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ and stipa, and the yew tower give height and form; red tulip ‘Queen of Sheba’ nectaroscordum and ruby Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fern Cottage’ at the far end; alliums and Gladiolus communis subsp. byzantinus in late spring/early summer; in late summer and autumn the bed is packed with blue Eryngium bourgatii ‘Picos Blue’, veronicastrum, yellow hemerocallis and notable Kniphfia ‘Timothy’ and K. ‘Tawny King’. ”