The experts at Space Landscape Designs tell us that summer is still with us, but it’s always good to plan for autumn and winter to make sure your garden stays at its best and prepares itself for the next couple of seasons. Many of your plants and shrubs will feel and look good if you give them a proper trim before winter hits. Plants such as perennials and ornamental grasses won’t mind a short back and sides. Landscape plants can retain their shape for the following spring if they get a healthy pruning.
Different Strokes …
Remember – not ALL plants need to be pruned for autumn. If you have rhododendrons, azaleas and lilac, that bloom in spring for instance, don’t cut these back. Just a light trim after they bloom is okay. You don’t want to accidentally prune the flowers.
How About Winter Protection?
There is a phenomenon called “transpiration” in your landscape plants in winter. It means that they lose moisture faster than they can take it in. This can cause severe damage to the leafy tissue of the plants. If this keeps happening over a few winters, the leaves will permanently disappear and that affects photosynthesis.
You can winter protect your plants with a few sprays to protect them from the cold weather. Perhaps three times is enough through Autumn. These sprays are not 100% fool-proof, but they will certainly go a long way towards protecting the health of your plants.
Cleaning Up the Leaves
As obvious as it may sound, there are many people that don’t realize how badly piles of fallen leaves left lying around can affect your garden. Some of the natural gardeners argue that leaves make great compost material, and to ‘leave’ them where they lie.
If you asked a professional landscaping company that treats many plants for diseases, you might get a different answer. Leaves do make good compost, but in a pile somewhere other than in your garden bed. The fact is that if you have big leaf piles in your garden beds, you may be promoting a few plant diseases. The plants are already stressing from winter with the lower sunlight and moisture, so why make it tougher on them?
Leaves left on lawns will give you problems too. No sunlight to that section of lawn will kill it. Then there’s the neighbours who might complain about piles of your leaves everywhere.
Your garden has given you a lot of joy through Spring, Summer and Autumn, and with a little care and preparation for Winter, your landscaped garden will continue to do so for many years to come. The time and effort you have already put into getting your landscaped areas to just the way you want them gives you a great deal of satisfaction – and pride. That little bit of extra effort to prepare your plants for winter has a huge payoff in the long run.