Loveland Garden Club

Mulch strawberries with pine needles or straw

Finish invasives or pull out completely

Sharpen tools and store

Don't neglect winter watering. Lawns, trees and shrubs need more moisture than Mother Nature usually provides during late fall and winter in Colorado.. Without sufficient water, plants will die or be damaged. If there is no rain or snow cover for four to six weeks you should water.

Clean-up

  • Weather permitting; you may still get in some garden time. The more you do now, the easier it all becomes in the spring.
  • The foliage of many perennials will die after a hard frost. Rake up and remove any diseased foliage to prevent disease organisms from over-wintering and then re-infecting plants in the spring. Foliage that was healthy may be removed either this fall or next spring.
  • After the ground has frozen, spread a several inches thick layer of coarse mulch over the perennial bed. The mulch will help the soil to retain moisture and maintain a more even temperature during freeze/thaw cycles.
  • Once the ground freezes protect rosebushes from winter damage by mounding an 8-10" layer of mulch or soil over the crown (the bottom section of the bush). To prevent mulch from blowing or washing away you may want to place a rose collar, available at garden centers, around the base of the bush and fill it with mulch.