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Getting Your Garden Winter-Ready

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Getting Your Garden Winter-Ready

Even though we do not experience harsh winter here in the Lower Mainland, it's a good idea to take a few steps to keep your yard in good shape and it will be more 'garden-ready' for Spring.



You can prolong the yield of some veggies by covering the ground with a good groundsheet or landscape fabric. Zucchini, carrots, squash, potatoes,leeks, garlic and turnips are all good candidates.These can be harvested late Fall to early Winter.

A few inches of mulch or peat can help insulate these vegetables.

All non-producing plants need to be pulled up to eliminate the chance that pesky insects will over-winter in your garden. Clear out all the weeds and debris and give the soil a light till to further tease out any lingering bugs. Add some compost and/or Way to Grow Steer Manure or 3-in-1 as a top layer.

Remember that a little work up front (in the Fall) makes your life easier when Spring hits.


We generally get a lot of rain later in the Fall. But and Indian summer might call for regular waterings through the Fall months.

It's a good idea to cut your perennials back to between 2 to 4 inches. A good layer of mulch or the leaves that fall in your yard will make a great winter blanket for your flowers.

Equipment, Tools & Hoses

Bring in all your garden tools and implements from the harsh winter elements. Wood handles on rakes and shovels ned to remain dry - and they'll last for years.

Empty all your outdoor containers and knock out all the soil. Store them upside down and under cover so they do not fill with water. This way you'll avoid cracking with the fluctuating cold temperatures.

Empty your hoses of all water on a warmer dry day. Then roll up and store inside a shed or garage.They will remain flexible and functional.


Cut your grass in Mid November and rake up all the clippings and fallen leaves so it requires minimal work in the Spring. Coring and top-dressing will be easier too.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but it will get you headed in the right direction.

Visit Art Knapp Surrey Garden Centre to purchase everything you need to get your garden winter ready.  We have all you need and more.

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