I’m not very good at caring for my perennials during the Fall. Last year the weather got a little crisp earlier than usual, and along came a hard frost. One day I was enjoying my recently planted perennial garden then the next day the water in my fountain froze to ice. A day late and a dollar short. Or is it waste not want not? Most of my perennials survived but one of my favorites did not.
That being said, here are a couple of reminders from DIYnetwork.com to prepare your plants for cold weather.
- Fall is the perfect time to divide or move perennials. Remove dead annuals and mulch hardy perennials. Annuals typically die when temperatures drop below freezing. But perennials often appear as though they too have bitten the bullet. That’s because their top growth dies back, although in most cases the root ball is hardy enough to survive even extreme temperatures, especially if it’s covered with a layer of mulch.
- The best time to mulch perennials is after the first hard freeze. Just make sure you don’t cover the crown or center of the plant, because that can lead to rot.
- Clean garden tools before storing for the winter.
- Trim dead branches out the trees to prevent them from coming down and causing damage in a winter storm.
Over the next several weeks I promise I will protect my little friends from cold weather this year!