Winter Gardening Tips

During winter months, there are several things you can do in your garden to protect plants through the chilly months and save water and energy.

Put down mulch. Mulching creates a barrier and reduces weeds in your yard. Now is a good time to mulch before fresh weeds start to grow.

Turn off irrigation. Temporarily turn off your irrigation system after about an inch of rain. The duration will depend on factors such as soil type, plant types, amount of rain, etc.

Cover plants. Cover tender plants with a frost cloth to protect them from low temperatures. Remove the cloth as soon as temperatures rise again.

Move potted plants. Relocate potted plants to a protected area for the winter (perhaps just closer to the house).

Turn off pond pumps. Cold water won’t green up your pond, so your pond can still remain clear when you turn off the pump.

Prune trees. Cut your trees and shrubs back to develop good structure, and prune roses to rejuvenate healthy growth in the spring.

Decorate your yard with LED lights: Use LED lights to decorate your garden. They cost a bit more to buy, but save on energy.


Paul Redeker, Director of Horticulture
San Diego Botanic Garden
230 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

The Garden of Lights takes place at San Diego Botanic Garden each evening from 5 to 9 p.m., Dec. 6-23 and 26-30.

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