Cold weather is coming this weekend. Here are five preparation tips for Oconee gardeners.
Begin planting spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and
hyacinths. Make sure the soil has adequate drainage and mix in organic
matter such as topsoil, compost or peat moss.
2. Drain your
automatic irrigation systems and then turn them off for the winter. Shut off the water lines to any outdoor faucets and wrap the faucets
3. After draining any gas left in the tank, put
lawn mowers and other power equipment in storage, sheltered from the cold
weather and rain.
4. Fall is the best time of the year to plant
trees and shrubs. Their root systems will continue to grow and develop
during cold weather. The plants will become established, enabling them
to tolerate next year's hot summer weather.
5. Begin dividing
perennials such as daylilies, irises, hostas and purple coneflowers. The
plants will have several weeks to become established prior to the onset
of freezing temperatures.