4 Keys to Winterizing Your Yard

Nov. 21st, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

Winter has arrived earlier than usual this year, so our counsel on how to prepare your yard for the season has suddenly taken on a certain urgency.

At the same time, as you will see below, it’s important to keep in mind the flourishing springtime that is only two seasons away:

  1. After our first snowfall melts, remove excess leaves from your lawn areas. This can help reduce turf disease pressure on the plants, due to excessive moisture being trapped under the leaves.
  1. Cut back your perennials and place a layer of mulch or leaf debris in the beds. Doing so will protect your plants from the freeze / thaw cycles that can occur during the winter. If you already have mulch, you may not need any more.
  1. Plant your spring bulbs now for that beautiful burst of spring color come April and May. Among the varieties that are most popular: tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths.
  1. Plan your garden for next year. This is the time to evaluate what plants performed well in your garden this year and to think about changes you may want to make next year.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" was published in the November 20, 2019 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.