As summer is leaving us and fall is quickly approaching it is time to think of that lovely flower garden that will soon fall asleep for winter. Those colors won’t be there to brighten up the day in the frigged months. But once spring arrives they will pop back up, green and new. So you better take care of them now. Even the mildest frost can kill a hearty perennial and leave you with a dry dead garden.
To keep your outdoor flowers protected from the harsh temperatures of winter you may want to take the following steps:
1. Plants that are very delicate and will not stand up well in the cold should be taken into the house. Dig around them and place them in pots with plenty of mulch and compost (if you have any). The plants that have been taken indoors should be kept in a sunny area, but you should note that windows may be too cold or drafty depending on the outside temperature.
2. For those plants that you decide to leave outside you need make sure to add liberal amounts of mulch and compost around them to blanket them from the cold. This will also give them much needed nutrition that will help them make it through winter.
3. You should check the forecast so you know when a freeze is expected. It a frost is coming you should cover your outside plants with clear or light-colored plastic. This will help keep the frost from freezing your flowers. Be sure to remove the cover in the morning.
4. If you are adding flowers to your garden or just starting to grow choose flowers that are known to last in cool temperatures. Choose hearty perennials.
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