Winter Gardening Planner
Consult this handy checklist for wintertime care and maintenance of your garden.
- Plan your vegetable and flower beds.
- Order flower and vegetable seeds.
- Group containers for stability in high winds and for insulation.
- Wrap terra-cotta pots in bubble plastic or pack in mulch for frost protection.
- Harvest winter crops.
- Build a raised bed.
- Put up new bird boxes.
- Prune wisteria, and most trees, including apples and pears, in late winter.
- Plant bare-root trees and shrubs in late winter.
- Take root cuttings from perennials.
- Prune late-flowering clematis.
- Prune trees to create multistemmed specimens.
- Chit potatoes in late winter to plant in spring.
Any Time of Year
- Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
- Make a wooden obelisk.
- Create a bog garden.
- Dig out a pond.
- Make a border and lawn edge.
- Make a rose arch.
- Check tree ties, and loosen if necessary.
- Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
- Cut out dead or diseased wood.
- Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.
Tender plants will die if their roots are locked in cold, wet soil in winter, but you can protect them during fall.
Recommendations for adding cold-weather appeal to the garden.
See why you should prune your roses when it's chilly outside.
Improve your vegetable garden soil with a cover crop of winter rye, a deep-rooted grain that breaks up hard soil.
Follow these steps to prep your house for cold winter weather.