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Benefits of Snow

Get Your Flowers Ready for Winter

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While it feels like spring outside, winter is inevitably on its way. In the Midwest, that means cold, snow and ice. It also means that your garden will lie dormant until warm weather returns. Your flowers need to be considered. Here’s how to prepare your flower garden for the cold season, and how to get it primed for spring.Snowdrops On Snow

Clearing It Out

The first tsp in preparing your flowers for winter is removing any blackened stems and foliage of your annuals so diseases and insect eggs don’t remain in the soil all winter.

Consider the Weather

Snow is actually a good thing for your flowers because a good snow cover will protect and insulate the soil like mulch. And even though it may look like nothing is going on above the ground, the truth is that your perennials are dividing and earthworms and microbes are still processing the organic matter that will give your flowers nutrients in the spring.

How to Prepare Perennials for Winter

Getting your perennials ready for winter involves a multi-step process. Here’s how:

  • Cut back dry stems after frost to remove pest eggs, disease spores, and to neaten your garden.
  • Compost dead plant debris to create an organic soil conditioner. Throw any questionable plant matter away.
  • Cut off diseased foliage from evergreen plants and shrubs and discard. Rake up old mulch, too.
  • Wait until the ground freezes to add a 6-inch layer of organic material to prevent rodents from nesting in it.

Winterizing Roses

Roses require special attention. Once late summer arrives, stop fertilizing and pruning. In the fall, remove old mulch from around the roses. Spread new mulch just before the first hard frost of the year. (Wait until the ground actually freezes if rodents are an issue.)

Olympic Lawn and Landscape specializes in winterizing your garden. For more tips on how to get your flowers ready for winter or to schedule service, call us at (816) 875-9645 today.

 

Feed the Hobby: Gardening in the Winter

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In the Midwest, winters are hard for the garden enthusiast making gardening in the winter quite a challenge. But having cooler temps doesn’t mean planning and planting should be set aside, it just means more creativity needs to be involved. Winter is actually a great time to try new things in your gardening world.

Winter weather can create a bleak outlook as the hobby of gardening comes to a halt for those with a passionate green thumb. But with a few helpful tips, your winter can be filled with creativity and anticipation for the spring days ahead.Wooden sleigh

Snow Helps Winter Gardening

Unless you are a school-aged child, snow is not fun to deal with. But, fresh snow can actually help your landscaping. Utilize your snow this winter by placing what you shovel on top of your perennials.

The snow, as long as it is not contaminated with salts, can act as a natural blanket for your plants. This covering will protect your perennials from harsh temperatures that are still to come in the winter, especially wind and ice.

House Garden

While the ground outside is too cold for spring seeds, did you know that your house can be a great place to start the seed growing process? Creating a indoor seed garden can jump start the seeding processes before spring even comes.

Last Frost Date

The first step in indoor seed growing is to check for the last predicted frost date for your area. This will help you put together a game plan for when to move your growing sprouts outside.

Planting inside too early or too late may effect your plant during the transition to the outdoors. Having a general idea of the last frost date will help your seeds have the best possible chance at surviving and thriving.

The Transition

The key for transition is all about timing. When the temperatures are right, leave your sprouts outside for a short period of time before bringing them back inside. Each day leave them out a little longer. After a few days go ahead and place the containers with the roots in the ground in new fresh soil. And of course, water regularly!

The Best Seeds

The best seeds to transition from indoors to outdoors are vegetable seeds. These hardy seeds can withstand tough transition better than many other plants. Seeds used for seasonings and spices are great ones to try during your first time of seed transitioning.

Just like anything else, the longer you practice the art of transferring plants from indoors to outdoors, the better you become at it.

Keep a Garden Journal

Create a garden journal by going online and day dreaming. While planting season is still months away, your day dreaming season can be in full effect.

If your daily hobby in the summer is going outside and pulling weeds and picking off dead leaves from your plants, use this time of year to dream up big plans for next spring. Gardening as a hobby doesn’t have to end when the weather gets cold. There are plenty of gardening websites and magazines that are filled with ideas. Print off or tear out ones that you like and keep a collection in a gardening journal. Then, talk with a landscaper in your area to see if you can make your dreams a reality.

Dream Big for your Garden

This season, don’t let the cold weather keep you from dreaming up big dreams. Plan ahead, plant indoors and use the upcoming snow and ice to your advantage! Warmer days may just be closer than you think.

For more tips on gardening during the cold season, call Olympic Lawn at (816) 875-9645 today.

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