- Clean up- you will want to clean up any leaves/debris in your yard to prepare for winter. You also want to cut back dying foliage on your perennials. Plants like daylilies, sedum, and hostas can be cut back to the ground in preparation for winter. Most perennials can be cut back to the ground but if you are unsure check with a local garden center. Some perennials like ornamental grasses provide winter interest so leave those and cut them back in the spring.
- Protection-you will want to mulch or wrap any plants that are not cold hardy. Plants like roses and some arborvitaes will need to be covered with burlap to prevent winter damage.
- Watering- once you have removed debris from the area keep watering until the ground freezes. This is especially important if you have a newly planted tree or any evergreen shrubs in your landscape. They need water to prepare themselves for winter.
- Pruning- take a brief look at trees and shrubs throughout your landscape. Check for dead limbs and make a note. Winter is generally the best time for pruning and having notes will make the process easier whether you plan to do it yourself or hire someone.
- Mulch-check plant beds around your landscape that are mulched. Stick your finger into the mulch in several areas to check the depth. If the mulch is less than 3 inches thick you may want to top dress with an additional 2-4 inches or make a note and do it first thing in the spring.
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