While winters in Texas are usually moderate, there are still periods of freezing weather and your lawn and garden still need care and protection. Here are some tips for how to care for your North Texas landscape.
Autumn Prep for Winter
In October, start by doing an invasive weed-picking session. Start off with clean garden beds and shrubbery bases to prepare for winter.
Remove any dead plants and debris. This will help eliminate nesting areas for pests and breeding grounds for disease.
Prepare your newly cleared-out garden beds by adding compost. Winter is a good time for soil to absorb nutrients.
Add about 3 inches of compost material to the beds in early November. It will slowly decompose over the winter months adding valuable nutrients to your soil and getting it ready for spring planting.
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This is also a good time to take stock of your trees and shrubs and trim up any dead branches. Once the leaves begin to fall, it’s hard to tell which branches are dead and which are dormant.
Dead branches and limbs can also become hazardous as ice and snow set in. They could break off, causing damage to the plant or other property. Some even choose to wrap their trees and shrubs in specially designed coverings to protect from excessive frost.
November is also a good time to dig and divide spring blooming perennials so roots can get established before spring. Cut back perennials to a few inches above where the stem meets the plant’s crown at soil level. Fall Flowers to Plant in Texas has some great ideas for how to keep your landscape colorful as long as possible.
Adding thick mulch will help insulate plants and prevent freezing and thawing cycles, which can damage plants. It will also help keep moisture in the soil during dry winters.
Creating a Frost-Friendly Garden
Plan ahead for freezing temperatures. Watch weather reports and cover shrubs and tender plants with burlap or sheets. Avoid using plastic wrap. Cover evergreens as well if high winds are expected.
Winter doesn’t mean you have to stop planting and growing. There are a variety of vegetables and flowers that grow and bloom in colder months. Plan to plant these in late summer or end of fall.
The later you can plant veggies and flowers means fewer pests will be available to munch on them. The temperatures are still mild enough to work in the garden as well.
Some vegetables that grow well in winter are greens like arugula, spinach, lettuce varieties and kale. Broccoli and cabbages are good winter vegetables as well as legumes like peas and beans. Root vegetables like carrots, onions, and beets also do well.
Some flowers that bloom in winter are snapdragons, pansies, dianthus, and sweet alyssum. They can add color to otherwise drab winter yards.
Winter Lawn Care
Plants and lawns still need water in the winter, but much less. Once or twice a month is usually sufficient.
Every two or three weeks, water for about 15-20 minutes at a time. Water earlier in the day so most water will evaporate before night time temperatures drop. Our friends at Ryno Lawn Care have more information about How Often to Water Grass in the Winter.
January is the time to start planting early spring vegetables. Sow seeds inside to start per instructions, based on the last frost date for your area.
While there is less work to do in your yard and garden in the winter, there is still plenty you can do to upkeep and prepare for the growing season ahead.