Garden checklist for Winter
- Trees, shrubbery and sod can be planted late into the fall instead of waiting until the too-busy spring.
- Spring bulbs can still be planted until the ground freezes.
- Check for needed pruning of tree limbs that could break off, causing damage or interrupting phone or electric services.
- Use sharp pruners to prune taxus, holly, spruce and others; you could store branches in a cold place for later holiday decorations. Be sure to cut above a bud or side branch.
- Bring in your garden hoses, winterize the sprinkler system, turn off outside water faucets.
- Obtain supplies of sand or kitty litter as ice control materials. Please limit salt use as much as possible because salt will damage turf, and your shrubbery and trees.
- Store firewood outdoors to keep bugs out of your house.
- Clean leaders and gutters of leaves and debris.
Winter Aconite: the first bulbs to show in late winter/ early spring. Do plant them now while you still can.