Remove dead annual flowers and vegetables. Dead plants in the garden are not only unattractive, but they can also harbor diseases. Fallen seeds can sprout into next year’s volunteers or random seedlings. You may want such plants or not. Cleaning up spent plants adds to the health of your garden. Compost healthy plant material but don’t compost frost-killed flowers and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and others unless you want seeds in your compost for next year.
Newly-seeded grass needs three to four weeks to get established after germination before you should mow it for the first time. The grass blades are tender and easily damaged and the foot and mower traffic could compact the soil, especially if the soil is moist. Mow when the new grass is 3/4 inch to 1 inch taller than its recommended regular mowing height.
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In the past 25 yrs I’ve grown anything I rarely clean it up for winter. I used to when I was young but the busy seasons of raising children & caring for aging parents I chose to let it go for more important things. i began to notice how much I loved my messy winter garden for all the reasons you listed! For years my garden friends would look at me & my garden with confusions as I shared the messiness with them. But my garden was the one alive all winter with birds – whether I fill the feeders or not. Everything from tiny sparrows to flickers, hawks & even eagles. I do live in a rural area to my advantage both in the wild life & in no rules from the neighbors on messy yards.
Yes; the advice applies for all climates. We have a lot of moisture in the winter here, too, and though the fallen leaves and stems that remain in my perennial beds do turn slimy and sometimes harbor slugs, they also harbor ground beetles, firefly larvae, and lots of other good bugs that eat those slugs (Oregon State University has done some excellent research on creating habitat for ground beetles). Leaving winter habitat in place will encourage more good bugs than bad ones, in turn keeping things in balance. That’s what it’s all about; bringing balance back to the garden. I know it’s a complete about-face from what horticulturists like me have taught for many years, but it’s a shift that needs to happen if we want our gardens to be havens for pollinators, beneficial insects, birds, and other species of wildlife. As for your comment on self-seeding plants, yes, if you have a plant species that is a prolific self-seeder, then you’ll probably want to deadhead it before it drops seeds to keep the plant from becoming invasive. In my own garden this isn’t an issue because I like for most of my plants to self-sow, but if you don’t, simply deadhead them but leave the stems standing.
There are do-it-yourself kits available from some lawn care services or lawn and garden shops. The cooperative extension offices in many states will also test soil for free or for a low fee. Private companies also provide kits and testing for a fee. Once you get the results returned, you will see what you may need to add to the soil in order to get the lawn of your dreams.
Warm-season turf includes St. Augustine, Bermuda, centipede and zoysia. These grasses achieve their peak growth when summer hits its stride. Specific mowing heights vary by grass type and can even be different for different types of the same grass. For instance, mowing height for Empire zoysia is 0.75 to 3 inches, while Zenith zoysia thrives when cut to 1.5 inches, and even those ideal heights vary by region.
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If you're anything like us, you know that it's not just the inside that counts—when it comes to houses, that is! Accenting your home with natural elements, from flora and fauna to stonework and water features, makes for an instantly inviting space for guests (and not to mention a restful retreat for you!). Let these outdoor design ideas for shrubbery, walkways, and more inspire you to create your own beautiful backyard garden or front lawn oasis.