Gardeners, by now you have likely cut back your perennials and your flower beds have been cleaned out. Leaving some leaves in your garden offers protection from harsh winter elements to your plants. With this recent warm weather, you may want to wait with mulching until the ground has frozen. Sedum can wait for trimming until spring, as birds can benefit from their seeds throughout the winter. Remember, forsythia only blooms on old wood, so save cutting back this shrub until after it flowers in the spring.
It is time to think about wrapping shrubs and small bushes, especially if you have young plants that need protection and to combat rabbits in your yard. Burlap or commercial shrub covers are a great idea.
Bulbs like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths can still go in the ground. If you haven’t planted these yet, don’t forget to use our local nurseries! Other bulbs, such as calla lilies and dahlias need to be dug up and overwintered inside in a cool dark space.
Remember that Woolwich Gardeners members can use their membership for discounts on many gardening needs. Contact Mary Austin for membership information at 519-669-2617. Also check us out on Facebook and Instagram under Woolwich Gardeners. You can also find us at www.gardenontario.org/site.php/elmira
By Christine Webb, Elmira & District Horticultural Society