Amazingly enough, even here in the mountains there are many things to do in the winter garden.
Usually arriving sometime in November and lasting into March, winter gardening projects involve cleaning up after fall harvests and preparing the garden for spring planting. Don’t forget: winter is the time for bareroot planting, too!
Check out these seasonal articles followed by our winter gardening calendar.
Seasonal Gardening Tips
- Rake Leaves … and other debris to reduce the habitat for over-wintering insects and diseases. Leaves from diseased plants should be destroyed, not composted.
- Mulch … before the first frosts come, to protect against cold damage. Try Black Forest Compost – a premium, organic, long-lasting blend of redwood and fir bark — or Cocoa Hulls – smells like chocolate! Make sure to cover the root zone, but keep the mulch from touching the trunks of trees and shrubs.
- Add Lime … to sweeten your soil (raise the pH), especially those areas that always grow moss.
- Feed Lawns … with a Fall & Winter Feed lawn fertilizer to promote a deep green color, encourage root growth and improve your lawn’s resistance to disease. The nitrogen in this food is ideal for cool weather.
- Prune Fruit Trees … for better structure, fruit production and overall tree health.
- Plant Bareroot… stop in or click on Bareroot in the right sidebar for a list of varieties — and don’t forget the Master Start or organic starter fertilizer to get your plants off to a good start. Read our Caring for Your Bareroot Plants article to help prepare for bringing your bareroot plants home.
- Fruit & Nut Trees
- Shade & Flowering Trees
- Berries & Grapes
- Roses … our list includes flower color and fragrance
- Dormant Spray … spray your fruit trees while they are dormant — a combination of Pest Fighter Year-Round Spray Oil and Liqui-Cop Fungicide gets both over-wintering insects and diseases. Check out our Dormant Spraying article to learn more.
- Azomite … adds needed micro-nutrients to your garden soil. Work it in this winter so the micro-nutrients will be there for next spring’s crops.
- Feed Early Spring Bloomers … such as Forsythia, Dogwoods, Rhododendrons and more with Master Bloom (0-10-10) for better flowers and fruit next year — they’re forming those buds now!
- Cut Back Perennials … be mindful of any tender new plant growth near the crown.
- Prune Roses … for stronger, healthier plants and more beautiful flowers next season.
- Feed Evergreens … with a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer for healthier trees and shrubs. We recommend Master Nursery’s Formula-49 – which includes fast and slow release nitrogen and many trace nutrients our plant need — or one of our blended organic fertilizers that come in a variety of sizes.
- Start Seedlings Indoors … we have the soil mixes, plugs, trays and all the other supplies you need. Plus we carry a great selection of organic, open-pollinated and hybrid veggie, herb and flower seeds.
- Prevent Peach Leaf Curl … spray your first application of Liqui-Cop Fungicide in November, your second application in January and your final application in March — just before bud break. Remember: Peaches & Nectarines are your only fruit trees that get peach leaf curl.