Winterize Your Yard

Studio 5 Contributor and Utah State University horticulturist, Jerry Goodspeed, shares a checklist of chores every gardener should complete, before winter strikes.

What are the most important things to do before winter sets in?

Vegetable garden
Cut down all the dead vegetables. Compost plants or work       them into the soil
If diseased plants, only compost or get rid of them
Rototill organic matter into the soil. At least 1 to 2 inches

Control weeds
   •Use a broadleaf weed killer on the lawn if necessary. (Or pull      weeds)
   •Good time to be spraying morning glory (field bindweed) and      other problem weeds in flower beds

Lawn Care
   •Mow between 1 ½ to 2 inches tall. This creates less disease      possibilities
   •Give the lawn one last shot of nitrogen fertilizer before it goes      to sleep for the winter

Water evergreens good and deep
   •They may not get the needed water in the winter, and this will      reduce winter stress
   •Dribble the water around the base of the trees for several      hours to insure deep soil water

   •You don’t need to cut them back, just a cosmetic activity for the      homeowner
   •Some perennials, especially the late bloomers, will do better if      left until the spring to cut back

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Jerry L. Goodspeed
Utah State University Extension
Weber County
Director – Ogden Botanical Gardens

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