End-of-season gardening tips before winter hits – Times Union

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End-of-season gardening tips before winter hits – Times Union

Put down your rake and get out your hose.

It’s almost time to put your yard, shrubbery and garden to bed for the winter. As harsh as the winters can be in the Capital Region, it’s easy to doubt if our plants will survive to bloom another year. Two things you can do to help your grass come back and your shrubs survive: keep watering and resist the urge to remove the fallen leaves from your property.

“You should not pick up leaves, but you should chew them up,” says Bob Graves, co-owner of Faddegon’s Nursery. “Leaves are the most valuable compost you can get. Go over them a few times with your lawnmower. If you have a big maple and a heavy layer of leaves, put them into a compost pile, but it’s a waste to bag them and send them off.”

Graves is also concerned homeowners will stop watering their lawns and shrubbery because the weather is cooler. We had a dry summer, and plants are more likely to survive if they go into the winter hydrated.

Give the grass one last cut — a short one — before winter,
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