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Fall 2015 Newsletter

Autumn is here, bringing sweater weather with it.

Leaves are dropping along with the temperatures, which means it's time to winterize your garden!

We know how much you love your garden and we want to make sure you know how to properly get it prepped for winter. Winterizing your garden isn't too time-consuming, but it can be a big help when spring comes around again and you're ready to rock and roll! Now is the time to plant tulips, alliums, hyacinth and other spring bulbs to enjoy early in the springtime!

Here are a few tips to help you as you winterize your garden and begin to batten down the hatches for winter in Michigan:

  • Bleach and clean your tools, especially if you used them to prune diseased plants, shrubs or trees.
  • Clean containers and pots that have been used for annuals so they're ready to go in the spring.
  • Trim back and dead head perennials (some perennials, like coneflowers and globe thistle, have nice winter interest and the seed heads are a special favorite for black-capped chickadees and other birds. Make sure not to dead head these bird favorites!)
  • Go through and weed one more time to help ensure that your gardens are nice and tidy in the spring.
  • Pull any annuals, especially those that tend to reseed themselves. If you're not sure what these are, give us a call!
  • Settle in your perennial gardens with a 1”–2” layer of fresh mulch to help protect them against the harsh winter months.


Following these tips should help your spring gardening get underway much faster than if you hadn't taken the time in the fall to care for these loose ends. As always, if you have any questions or need any help, don't hesitate to call us or come in to see us at Horrocks Garden Center and remember - plant smiles! :)

Trimming back perennials helps keep them healthy for spring.

Trimming back perennials helps keep them healthy for spring.

A final fall weeding can help your garden stay in shape for spring.

A final fall weeding can help your garden stay in shape for spring.