Greenthumb- Preparing for winter

3:08 PM, Nov 7, 2011   |    comments
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(WZZM) - As we head into winter, there are many things we need to do in preparation. One question Greenthumb Rick Vuyst gets often is whether to cut back perennials.

Rick says it's up to you but he recommends cutting back hostas for example and leave a little stubble. This way you'll know where the plant is and you don't step on it next spring. He also recommends a light layer of mulch on top of the plant for extra insulation.

If deer like to eat your plants, Rick says try setting out a bag of Milorganite. It's dried Milwaukee sewage, so you can imagine how it smells. It is a deer deterrent. Cut a slit down the middle of the bag and leave it there over the winter. In spring, spread it around your hostas and that will keep the deer away and act as a natural fertilizer.

Rick also says this month you should dump out your old potted plants in your garden. This will allow the old roots and soil to break down in your garden and you should till it into the soil.








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