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Prepping your garden for winter

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

October 14, 2010 — We turned to our Maritimes reporter Shelley Steeves and Andy Boyer of MacArthur's Nursery in Moncton, New Brunswick, for some tips on getting your garden ready for the next season.

Now is the time to get your garden ready for winter
Now is the time to get your garden ready for winter

It's the time of year when many Canadians begin putting their gardens to bed for the winter. This year, however, it has been quite mild through the Fall season, and that means some gardens just aren't ready to go just yet.

Our Maritimes reporter Shelley Steeves and Andy Boyer of MacArthur's Nursery in Moncton, New Brunswick, have these tips:

  • When you are dealing with perennials for example, you really should wait until the plant has died back before you start prepping it for the winter. That's because the plant is actually taking the energy from the top pf the plant and storing it in the roots for the winter.
  • Once the foliage has gone all yellow that's you good indication there that it's a good opportunity to cut them back.
  • It is important to churn up the soil because it will eliminate a lot of weeds and if there are any insects in the ground that are sensitive to the cold it will bring them up to the surface and hopefully put the kibosh to them.
  • Mulch your entire garden to insulate it and protect it from winter kill.

For more information, head to our Home and Garden Index.

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