Fall is Here, Now is the Time to Prepare for a Successful Winter

While it may feel like summer never ended this year, we’re well into the fall season and that means it’s time to prepare for the winter ahead.

While it may feel like summer never ended this year, we’re well into the fall season and that means it’s time to prepare for the winter ahead.

You may have several reasons for wanting to unload inventory this month, whether you’re just trying to reduce inventory for the winter or you’re looking to free up space for the Christmas trees that will arrive in the coming weeks (how is it even possible that we’re nearly at Christmas season already?!). Whatever the reason may be, now is an excellent time to put a bow on this year’s growing season with a fall sale.

Once you’ve thinned your herd, so to speak, it’s time to take the necessary steps to prepare any guests that are staying through the winter:

Prepping Your Plants for Winter

Step One: Reduce your fertilization.

As winter nears, excess nutrients can encourage new growth. New growth that may not have the time needed to harden in preparation of the dormant season. As a result, these plants may not be prepared to take on winter’s cold temps.

Step 2: Prepare the plants for going “undercover” for the winter.

Covering your plants is the best chance you can give them of making it safely through the winter. But before you do, you’ll want to make sure they are well prepared. Check to ensure plants are well watered, treated with fungicide to reduce the risk of disease. If needed, an herbicide can also be applied.

Step 3: Cover those plants!

As plants become dormant, covering them is your best bet. There are plenty of coverage options available, from traditional hay to high-tech materials specifically designed to provide the most favorable winter conditions.

Step 4: Relax for the winter?

Of course not! To ensure a healthy start in the spring, wintering plants will still need to be carefully monitored through colder months to ensure the proper temperatures are maintained and soil is well cared for.

These basic steps will help you keep your plants healthy all year long, so when spring dusts itself off after many months off, your plants will be ready to start growing again!

What about you? What are some of the things your nursery takes does to prepare for the winter months?

 

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