Quick Guide to Winter Garden Care
Check out 11 simple tasks to keep your lawn and garden flourishing into winter.
• Shop for color: Some trees (like American sweet gum) develop color late in the season. This is the best time to scout nurseries for them -- you'll see just what you're getting.
• Groom lawns: If you live where winters are very cold, mow one last time at two and a half inches, rake leaves before they mat up, and then edge.
• Protect geraniums and fuchsias: Bring plants into a cool, dark, frost-free place for the winter. An unheated garage is usually fine. Water every two weeks until spring.
• Save dahlias: Dig dahlia tubers after frost burns their tops, shake off the dirt, and let them dry before you put them in cool, frost-free storage for the winter.
• Groom perennial borders: As you cut back perennials, leave those that have seed heads or dried flowers for a wintry touch (and bird food).