A Long Winters Nap

Dated: November 13 2014

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It’s that time of year where we start to yearn for the colorful fall foliage to start greeting us in the morning.  Before you settle into your sweater and sip a cup of your favorite hot beverage, take an hour or two to winterize your yard.  Taking the time now will help your yard settle in for a long winter’s nap in preparation for springtime flowers, and optimized garden preparation.   

Tackle that lawn

·         Rake those leaves up and re-purpose them as a natural fertilizer. As the leaves decompose, they will leave your soil enriched with nutrients that will help your springtime flora grow
·         Give the grass a final trim, and aerate the turf  
Enrich your garden
·         Bury any remaining vegetables from your garden back into the soil
·         Remove any diseased growth from flowers and vegetables – DO NOT COMPOST
  
·         Remove dead growth and blossoms to discourage insect issues
·         Till the soil and add lime if necessary.  Generally the soil in this area is acidic.  You can pick up a testing kit at your local home improvement store to test your soil so you can get the pH level just right.  A pH testing kit will run you about $10.  
Bushes, Trees, and Shrubs
·         Prune trees, bushes, and shrubs
·         Spread a 2-3” thick layer of mulch around the bases of trees (make sure mulch is not touching the base)
·         Leave evergreen shrubs and trees alone  
Disconnect
·         Drain garden hoses and uncouple them from the house
·         Coil hoses and store in shed or garage
·         Drain irrigation system, disconnect from water source, and leave valves open slightly to avoid pressure build-up  
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AJ Brungardt

Born and raised in "sunny" Washington state, AJ's favorite thing about living in Vancouver is that it is an hour and a half from EVERYTHING (beach, mountains, outlet malls, etc). He also loves that Va....

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