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What do we do in the Winter? Are we open during the Winter? These are just some of the questions that we hear quite frequently during the winter months.   Well, we are open during the Winter months and we do have plenty to do.

Things are not as frantic as those busy Spring months.  First, we have to clean up from Christmas.  All the Christmas merchandise on display (what is left after the sale) is taken down and packed away till next Christmas.  This is a job in itself.

Hard goods, such as pottery, fountains, statues and such start to come in about mid-January.  Also, shelf merchandise such as, All of this has to be unpacked, priced and placed on display.

Plant material begins to arrive, weather permitting, in mid-February beginning with fruit trees and small fruit such as blueberries.  Next comes Spring blooming material such as Azaleas, Rhododendron and Camellias.  By this time the first Spring flowers, herbs, vegetables and perennials are beginning to arrive.

Then the first two or three warm days in early March all "heck" breaks loose.  People have been cooped up all Winter and they are ready to get outside and enjoy the garden.  Dig, plant and get their hands dirty.  For the next ten weeks or so it is an absolute mad house - and we love it!

Eight to ten trucks of plants arrive weekly, sometimes five to six in one day.  We don't know if we are coming or going and that's ok.  We are never quite ready when it gets here but somehow we always seem to get through it.  And, we always look forward to doing it again next year. 

Maintenance Tips for Winter

Gary's Lawn and Garden Maintenance Tips for Winter

Things are beginning to slow down now, but there is still work to be done to maintain a nice looking landscape.

  1. The fall has been so mild that a last mowing may still be in order.  You want to leave the lawn cut nice and even at a height of about 3 inches.
  2. If you are doing the 3 fall application program you still have plenty of time to do the last application.  If you have not put down any fertilizer you still have time to apply either 1 or 2 applications.
  3. Continue to keep leaves and debris out of your beds through the winter.  They are the perfect habitat for insects and disease to overwinter.
  4. As long as the soil is workable you can plant shrubs and trees.  Professional landscapers work all winter - weather permitting.
  5. Shrub pruning, mulching and liming can all be done anytime the weather permits over the winter.
  6. If you have a vegetable garden, I suggest you cut the dead vegetation and burn it.  Again, it is a perfect place for insects and disease to overwinter.  If you put it in a compost bed you are asking for trouble.
  7. Whether you rake, vacuum, mow or mulch, the important thing is to get those fallen leaves off the lawn as quickly as possible.
  8. Gather all your scattered garden tools in one place.  Wash all the dirt off, sharpen blades and spray with WD40.  This will prevent rust and the tools will be where you can find them and ready to go in the spring.
  9. Make compost.  Compost requires a carbon source (brown stuff) and a nitrogen source (green stuff).  The challenge is to have brown stuff and green stuff at the same time.  A good trick is to use rabbit pellet food as your nitrogen source (green stuff) and dead leaves as your carbon source.  Alternate dead leaves, rabbit food and water in a compost pile.  Table scraps can also be added to the pile.
  10. Clean your perennial beds.  Leave seed heads that might be appealing to birds at least until time for new growth.  Mound mulch or leaves around tender perennials to offer some winter protection.  Remove any weeds from beds and mark them so you can find them next spring.
  11. Read a good book on gardening in Central Virginia or take a class that might help you in 2012.
  12. Last but not least plan for next year.  Design beds over the winter, jot down what needs changing in the landscape.   Now is the time to decide what you will plant in 2012.  Planning ahead will vastly improve the looks of what you do as well as save you money.

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