10 Easy Winter Garden ‘To-Dos’

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Hand full of Mulch

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Winter is usually known as a quiet time in the garden. But unless the ground is frozen, there are plenty of chores to keep you busy during those winter months. There are perks to winter gardening, like not getting overheated and starting with a strong foundation for a beautiful yard or garden when spring has sprung. Here are 10 easy ‘to-dos’ that will get your yard and garden ready to survive the winter months and create a gorgeous foundation for your springtime garden dreams:

  • Add an evergreen.
  • Plant bulbs for spring color.
  • Add a layer of mulch.
  • Stowaway containers that could be damaged by a freeze.
  • Cut back perennials.
  • Organize your seeds.
  • Clean and oil tools.
  • Stowaway lawn equipment.
  • Send off a soil sample.
  • Prune roses.

Starting on these simple items during the winter months, from mulching to pruning, will save you time, money, and effort in the spring. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from spending some quality time in the garden!

—Hannah S. Smith

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Hannah Smith, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHannah SmithExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture Call Hannah E-mail Hannah N.C. Cooperative Extension, Pitt County Center

Contributing Author

Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyUrban Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Call Dr. Lucy E-mail Dr. Lucy Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Mar 7, 2020
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