Outdoor Plants, Blog
September 16, 2019
As temperatures cool down, there are some tasks to help your garden survive the winter. Here’s our guide to winter protection, or winterizing your outdoor space.
Lawn tip: Apply Parkwood® 10-0-14 Fall to strengthen roots, blades and build up disease resistance. Make the last cut of the season shorter than usual. Rake all leaves off the lawn before snowfall. Read more about fall lawn care.
Protect tree trunks from assorted rodents, rabbits and deer that enjoy eating the bark of shrubs and trees like crab apple and fruit trees during winter by placing a spiral plastic tree guard around the base. You can also spray Skoot (a non-toxic bitter-tasting deterrent) on the bark of the tree.
To keep the branches of junipers and cedars upright, purchase plastic mesh and spiral down the full length of the evergreen. Trees that are damaged from the weight of snow and ice won’t snap back into place in spring and will need to be pruned off.
Rhododendrons, as well as holly, Oregon grape, mountain-laurel, and Japanese pieris, are prone to windburn. If you notice brown, burnt leaves in spring due to windburn or sunscald, you will need to take precautions.
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