Winter Season plant maintenance is often one of the most overlooked tools in home gardening. Whether they are outdoor or indoor plants, there’s no doubt that having to see our beloved poinsettias and winter roses wither before their time is both frustrating and disappointing.
That’s why here at Victory Lawn Care, we created a list of ways to master Winter Season plant maintenance. That way, your natural darlings can still be around during the holidays to beautify your home and create love, joy, and peace on earth for many years to come.
For Outdoor Plants:
Transfer Your Plants to Pots (if possible)
When it comes to figuring out how you should take care of your plants during the winter, let’s face it, the weather here in Germantown and Collierville, TN isn’t quite as predictable as we would like for it to be.
However, generally speaking, while it’s okay to transfer your outdoor winter flowers in a sterilized flower pot, for vegetables and fruit trees, it is best to put them inside of a greenhouse so that they can get the air and light that they need to grow during the winter. Either that or cover your fruit and vegetable plants using either a garden cloth or tarp.
To safely transfer your plants, choose a sterilized pot that leaves enough room for the plant to grow. Then, gently remove the plant from the ground and slide the root ball into the pot. Be sure to shake off excess dirt from the roots. From there, add more soil to the pot and cover the base of the plant. Make sure that you transfer the potted plant to an area that has enough light and is away from your pets.
Spread Mulch Around Your Garden/Flowerbed
Because plants need nutrients during the spring, it is best that you spread mulch evenly around your yard prior to the first frost of the season. Not to mention that mulch prevents plant roots and dormant plants from dying. So if you’re looking for an all natural, chemical-free alternative to protecting your beloved plants during the winter, spreading mulch around your yard is a good way to do so.
Mulch is important because of a few reasons below:
- A great way to suppress weeds.
- Moderates the soil temperature.
- Helps to retain soil moisture.
- Improves appearance of your withered plants.
- Provide nutrients to your plants as it breaks down.
Use caution though, mulch can attract termites that love to be closer to the warmth of your home. So when using mulch, if you can find wood termites don’t like or synthetic mulch (soy or perma), that will be optimal. If you need help, check out our flowerbed maintenance or mulching service.
Also, if you would like some tips on which mulch to choose, then please read our previous article, Mulch vs. Compost: Which is Better For My Yard?
Clean away the debris
Whether it be dead leaves or twigs, it’s important that you remove them from your plants. Otherwise, fungus can grow around them and hurt your plants in the process. Not to mention that dead leaves are easy places for pests to hide under.
For more information about how to remove debris from your plants, please read our article, Fall Lawncare Steps to Start Now.
Trim your Plants
Because dead plant parts can hurt a plant, it is best to prune away these parts using a pair of small gardening scissors (or an equivalent, depending on how large and tall your plant is).
Here at Victory Lawn Care Services, we offer services that may include pruning, hedge trimming, fall cleanup, and landscaping services. So if you want more information about those services, then be sure to check out our services pages.
For Indoor Plants:
Test the soil with your fingertips to make sure that it’s neither too dry nor too moist
In order to ensure that your favorite household plant(s) gets enough water, it’s important that you regularly test the soil to make sure that it’s neither too dry not too moist. While there’s not a right answer to performing this process, typically, gardeners and homeowners would use the palms of their index and middle fingers to test the soil of their potted plants.
Put Your Plants Under a Warm Source of Direct Sunlight Away From Your Pets
Although the idea of putting your plants on top of a windowsill under direct sunlight may seem romantic, keep in mind that the cold draft will wither your plants. So if you find yourself in a situation where you must open up the window during the winter months, it is best to transfer your plant to another sunny location away from your pets.
Side note: Cats especially love to play and chew on plants that have long, thin grasses attached to them. So if you want to make the most out of your floral bouquet, you’ll need to transfer it to somewhere away from cats.
Gently Dust Your Plants
To do this, fill a spray bottle with water. Then, spray the water onto your plant, and gently dust away the dust using a paper towel. Pretty easy, huh?
Check the Plants for Mites and other Creepy Crawlies
Depending on how old your plant is and how long it’s been abandoned for, sometimes, mites crawl either on top or underneath the leaves to spin their webs and make your plant look like something out of an episode of The Addams Family.
To solve this, bring your plant to either the sink or bathtub and wash the mites away using a spray mixture of neem oil and homemade organic insecticidal soap.
Note: Because most organic pesticides can still harm plants, animals, and (sometimes) people, it is best to check with either your local botanist and/or landscape contractor to know how you can safely remove pests from your plants.
So tell us, fellow readers, did you find any of our tips helpful? Please let us know in the comments below!
Also, if you would like some tips on how you can remove dead foliage from your lawn, check out our previous article, Lawn Maintenance Primer: Leaf Removal. Either that or make an appointment with any of our local landscapers.
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