Garden tips: Chores to protect your garden from the cold weather

It might not seem like it at the moment, but cold weather is on the way. Here are some chores to help you get ready.

Drain irrigation lines to prevent water from freezing in them and prepare frames for cold sensitive plants. You can easily assemble frames using PVC pipe. Drive rebar into the ground around the plant and fit the frame over it.
Keep an eye on the weather reports and if overnight temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, irrigate your plants, especially if we haven’t had any rain. The one exception is your succulents. They will better weather freezing temperatures if they are a bit thirsty. Because succulents store large amounts of water, the plant can be damaged if ice crystals form in the plant’s tissues.
Put your lawn to bed for the winter. Mow the grass and add a thin layer of compost.
Rake leaves and shred as mulch or compost, or leave them where they fall and allow them to compost in place.
If you have compost piles, cover them to keep them warmer and to minimize leaching.
Deal with the things that annoy you, such as winter weeds, snails and slugs. Pull the weeds while they’re small, and trap or bait for the snails and slugs.
It might be cold, but we still have mosquitoes. When it starts raining, make regular checks of your garden and yard, and empty out any standing water that collects in pots and other receptacles.
Clean up your summer vegetable garden, removing all spent plant material and chopping into bits for your compost pile.
Plant cover crops to improve the soil for spring crops.
If you have peach or nectarine trees, spray for peach leaf curl at the end of the month or after all the leaves have fallen.
Now is a good time for planting bulbs, trees and shrubs.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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