Shrub roses don't need protection during the winter, but there are number of steps that should be taken now to protect the rest of the flower garden.
Gardeners are thankful to our flora friends for the bountiful harvest and gift of happiness. As we start to bid adieu to this year's adventurous gardening season, there remains a few last-minute garden chores before we start to tune up the snow blower for winter.
? Mow all the canes of fall bearing raspberries to the ground.
? Mulch the strawberries using wheat straw, marsh hay, rye straw, or sudan grass to about 2 to 4 inches deep when the temperatures drop into the 20s.
? Tie the multi-shoots/trunk of the arborvitae using soft fabric straps to prevent flopping over under snow load.
? Install a white drain tile pipe around the trunk of newly planted trees to prevent sunscald injury that causes bark split in winter.
? Give a final soaking water to evergreen trees and shrubs if the preceding weeks were relatively dry.
? Install a tall sturdy fence to protect valuable landscape plants from deer damage. Deer repellents like plantskyyd are sprayed when the plants are dormant.
? Cut the tall canes of hybrid teas to 30 to 36 inches above the ground and bundle them together using soft twine. Rake up the fallen leaves. Mound the canes with potting soil to a height of 8 to 10 inches and add mulch to about 10 to 12 inches when the mounded soil has frozen. Shrub roses don't require any winter protection.
? Cut the dead stalks of those herbaceous perennials that lack in winter interest and rake up the fallen leaves.