Free talk at Lockwood’s this Saturday: How to prepare your garden for winter

trowel in garden compost with bushel basket of autumn leaves in Western New York
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

What should you do now to prepare your yard for the winter?

Find out in a free talk at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.

Gardening expert Sally Cunningham will present “Gardening 2015, the Final Chapter.” A question-and-answer session will follow.

Please register by calling Lockwood’s at 649-4684 by Friday so they can estimate seating.

It’s time to close up the garden (mostly) and prepare the yard for winter, Cunningham said. She will review what can still be done in the flower and landscape beds, the vegetable garden and your containers.

Topics will include mulching, winter protection choices (which shrubs to cover and how to protect trees and shrubs), what to cut back and how much to cut, what you can still plant, getting some help from landscapers and consultants, expanding or creating landscape beds and weeding and weed prevention, as well as whatever you ask!

Deer protection and weather protection products will be available at Lockwood’s. They include deer repellents, Shrub Coats, Shrub Covers and mulch).

There is still time to get new plants in your garden. Following the talk, Lockwood’s landscape professionals can help you with bulb choices and show you shrubs and trees. Don’t miss the fall colors on some plants you may not know about.

You may also return your collection of pots on Saturday.

While you’re there, you can also sign up for Lockwood’s hands-on workshops. The next workshop will be on making a Thanksgiving centerpiece with David Clark, nationally known horticulture instructor, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 at Lockwood’s. The cost is $45. You can also sign up for the workshops online or call 649-4684.

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