How to Winterize an Ornamental Garden

How to Winterize an Ornamental Garden

Winterizing Garden - Fallen Leaves

Winterizing Garden - Fallen Leaves

Winterizing Garden - Mulching

Winterizing Garden - Mulching

Winterizing Garden - Watering for Winter

Winterizing Garden - Watering for Winter

Winterizing Garden - Pruning

Winterizing Garden - Pruning

Winterizing Garden - Fertilizing

Winterizing Garden - Fertilizing

Winterizing Garden - Transplanting

Winterizing Garden - Transplanting

Winterizing Garden - Bringing Houseplants In

Winterizing Garden - Bringing Houseplants In

Winterizing Garden - Planting Fall Bulbs

Winterizing Garden - Planting Fall Bulbs

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Make Garden Mosquitoes Disappear

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Great Garden Winterization Tips

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Get Garden Ready For Spring

Spring Tree And Shrub Gardening Secrets

Spring Tree And Shrub Gardening Secrets

Top Tree Planting Tips

Top Tree Planting Tips

Spring Gardening With Perennials, Annuals And Bulbs

Spring Gardening With Perennials, Annuals And Bulbs

Spring Vegetable Garden Secrets

Spring Vegetable Garden Secrets

Bring Your Lawn To Life

Bring Your Lawn To Life

Secrets To Spring Garden Success

Secrets To Spring Garden Success

Spring Annuals Brighten Any Garden

Spring Annuals Brighten Any Garden

 Springtime Vegetable and Herb Planting

Springtime Vegetable and Herb Planting

Early Summer Gardening Tips

Early Summer Gardening Tips

Pruning The Perfect Summer Garden

Pruning The Perfect Summer Garden

Control Garden Pests The Natural Way

Control Garden Pests The Natural Way

Tips For A Deer Free Garden

Tips For A Deer Free Garden

Making The Most Of A Mid-Summer Garden

Making The Most Of A Mid-Summer Garden

Summer Watering Secrets

Summer Watering Secrets

Top Tropical Garden Plants

Top Tropical Garden Plants

End of Summer Garden Maintenance

End of Summer Garden Maintenance

Late Summer Lawn Care

Late Summer Lawn Care

Top Lawn And Garden Watering Tips

Top Lawn And Garden Watering Tips

Keeping Color in the Garden

Keeping Color in the Garden

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Top Fall Gardening Tips

Planting Cool Weather Vegetables

Planting Cool Weather Vegetables

Fast Fall Lawn Revival

Fast Fall Lawn Revival

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September Garden Tips - Inspect Trees and Shrubs for Summer Damage

September Garden Tips - Attracting Birds to the Garden

September Garden Tips - Attracting Birds to the Garden

September Garden Tips - Plant Cool Season Vegetables

September Garden Tips - Plant Cool Season Vegetables

September Garden Tips - Lawn Renovation

September Garden Tips - Lawn Renovation

September Gardening Tips

September Gardening Tips

August Gardening - Insect and Disease Control

August Gardening - Insect and Disease Control

August Gardening - Maintaining Perennials and Shrubs

August Gardening - Maintaining Perennials and Shrubs

August Gardening - Preparing the Lawn for Fall

August Gardening - Preparing the Lawn for Fall

August Gardening - Watering the Lawn and Garden

August Gardening - Watering the Lawn and Garden

August Gardening - Adding Late Color to the Garden

August Gardening - Adding Late Color to the Garden

August Gardening Tips

August Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips - Selecting Flowering Tropicals

July Gardening Tips - Selecting Flowering Tropicals

July Gardening Tips - Pruning in Summer

July Gardening Tips - Pruning in Summer

July Gardening Tips - Caring for Houseplants While on Vacation

July Gardening Tips - Caring for Houseplants While on Vacation

July Gardening Tips - Mosquito Control in the Garden

July Gardening Tips - Mosquito Control in the Garden

July Gardening Tips - Watering in Summer

July Gardening Tips - Watering in Summer

July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

June Gardening Tips - Summer Care of Annuals

June Gardening Tips - Summer Care of Annuals

June Gardening Tips - Summer Lawn Care

June Gardening Tips - Summer Lawn Care

June Gardening Tips - Living With Deer

June Gardening Tips - Living With Deer

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June Gardening Tips - Pest Control

June Gardening Tips - Summer Pruning

June Gardening Tips - Summer Pruning

June Gardening Tips

June Gardening Tips

May Gardening Tips - Lawn

May Gardening Tips - Lawn

May Gardening Tips - Moving Houseplants Outside

May Gardening Tips - Moving Houseplants Outside

May Gardening Tips - Ornamental Pond Plants

May Gardening Tips - Ornamental Pond Plants

May Gardening Tips - Vegetables and Herbs

May Gardening Tips - Vegetables and Herbs

May Gardening Tips - Annuals

May Gardening Tips - Annuals

May Gardening Tips

May Gardening Tips

April Gardening Tips - Lawn

April Gardening Tips - Lawn

April Gardening Tips - Vegetable Garden

April Gardening Tips - Vegetable Garden

April Gardening Tips - Perennials, Annuals, Bulbs

April Gardening Tips - Perennials, Annuals, Bulbs

April Gardening Tips - Trees and Shrubs

April Gardening Tips - Trees and Shrubs

April Gardening Tips

April Gardening Tips

Winterizing Garden - Planting Fall Bulbs

Winterizing Garden - Planting Fall Bulbs

Winterizing Garden - Bringing Houseplants In

Winterizing Garden - Bringing Houseplants In

Winterizing Garden - Transplanting

Winterizing Garden - Transplanting

Winterizing Garden - Fertilizing

Winterizing Garden - Fertilizing

Winterizing Garden - Pruning

Winterizing Garden - Pruning

Winterizing Garden - Watering for Winter

Winterizing Garden - Watering for Winter

Winterizing Garden - Mulching

Winterizing Garden - Mulching

Winterizing Garden - Fallen Leaves

Winterizing Garden - Fallen Leaves

How to Winterize an Ornamental Garden

How to Winterize an Ornamental Garden

Tips on Plant Watering

Tips on Plant Watering

Pot your Plants - Watering your New Plants

Pot your Plants - Watering your New Plants

Pot your Plants - Placing Plants in the Container

Pot your Plants - Placing Plants in the Container

Pot your Plants - Arranging Plants in a Pot

Pot your Plants - Arranging Plants in a Pot

Pot your Plants - Putting Soil in the Pot

Pot your Plants - Putting Soil in the Pot

Pot your Plants - How to Choose Potted Plants

Pot your Plants - How to Choose Potted Plants

Pot your Plants - Choosing a Plant Container

Pot your Plants - Choosing a Plant Container

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Plant a Tree - Watering Your New Tree

Plant a Tree - Mulching Your Tree

Plant a Tree - Mulching Your Tree

Plant a Tree - Completing the Backfill Hole

Plant a Tree - Completing the Backfill Hole

Plant a Tree - Backfilling the Planting Hole

Plant a Tree - Backfilling the Planting Hole

Plant a Tree - Placing the Tree in the Hole

Plant a Tree - Placing the Tree in the Hole

Plant a Tree - Preparing the Tree or Shrub to be Planted

Plant a Tree - Preparing the Tree or Shrub to be Planted

Plant a Tree - Preparing the Hole

Plant a Tree - Preparing the Hole

Plant a Tree - Soil Amendments

Plant a Tree - Soil Amendments

Plant a Tree - Planning

Plant a Tree - Planning

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Mitch Baker

American Plant Garden Center and Nursery

www.americanplant.net  

(301) 469-7690

Mitch Baker, retired Horticultural Specialist at the American Plant Garden Center and Nursery, in Bethesda, MD, focusing on natural gardening products and organic gardening. Mitch is a MD Certified Professional Horticulturist, with more than 36 years of experience in the garden center industry. He has studied at numerous horticultural institutions from New York to Oregon, and is a past board member of the Rachel Carson Council.

Winterizing Garden - Mulching

Professional horticulturalist Mitch Baker demonstrates how to winterize an ornamental garden including mulching basics.

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Mitch Baker: I am Mitch Baker with American Plant in Bethesda. We are talking about winterizing your garden, right now mulching is the topic. When do you mulch, what you are going to use to mulch and how much to apply? Those are the questions that are frequently asked. Now we are still dealing with these leaves that are coming down. So it doesnt really make sense to mulch at this time. No, best to wait until all of these leaves have fallen; you have done your clean up, then go ahead and apply your mulch. At that time the soil temperatures have had an opportunity to drop; applying mulch too early, just keeps soil temperatures elevated, to long into the fall. So, we want those soil temperatures to drop at a normal rate based on air temperatures. So waiting until all the leaves have dropped, then apply your mulch. Now what we are going to use today is shredded hardwood. But it really doesnt matter whether you use shredded hardwood, pine bark chips, pine bark nuggets, pine needles, coco shell, cedar mulch, cypress mulch, thats a personal choice, whatever you like to look at. The problems come from the over application of any those mulches. So what we want to do is keep the mulch limited to an inch, an inch and a half tops, that's all thats necessary to get all the benefits of mulch without causing any problems. The benefits of mulch, it retains moisture in the soil, it moderates temperature and it helps to suppress weed growth. More mulch does not necessarily increase those benefits; in fact we start to create some problems. Creating that thick layer of mulch, I am sure you have seen around trees, this cone of mulch that's the cone of death. That's way too much mulch, we want to feather that out to just an inch. That much mulch powdered on the base of the tree, that just creates a barrier to moisture penetration, not a good thing. And we will spread this out, lightly, that's the idea is to have this thinly spread, not more than an inch deep. So that this mulch then decomposes within a one year period, so that's it's replaced annually. Not twice a year and not three times a year, we want to keep this mulch thin. So that it breaks down, it does its job within a season, within a year so that we have to replace it then. So keep the mulch thin, you will get all the benefit without creating any of the problems. That's a bit about mulching and next we will talk about watering for the winter.