Preparing for winter: Tips from Master Gardeners

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Leave the seeds of asters to feed the birds. That’s one of the tips you’ll get in the article on what to do in your garden this month. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

The October issue of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Erie County Cornell Cooperative Extension, is full of tips on what you should do in your garden now as we prepare for winter.

Find out what you can plant now, what you should cut back and what you have to bring inside as well as more tips in the article “This Month in the Garden.”

There are two other articles in this edition, too.

Find out why you should build a little home to lure mason bees to your yard. (Don’t be afraid; they’re gentle.)

In the final article, find out about bald eagles and how they are doing since the New York State Bald Eagle Restoration Project was started in 1976.

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8 Comments on “Preparing for winter: Tips from Master Gardeners

  1. What is the basal rosette? The article says some plants can be cut back to the ground and others to the basal rosette.

  2. Best to show an image of the rosette. It is kinda like leaves shapes in a flattish circular pattern at ground level depending on the plant. Look at the dandelion plant.

  3. A basal rosette are the green leaves at the base of the blossom stalks of a perennial. The stems can be cut back leaving the “rosette” intact. These leaves that survive the winter serve as protection for the roots against the fluctuations of winter temperatures.

  4. Sharon,

    It is not too late to plant a Ginkgo biloba. Fall is a great time of year to plant a tree, because when it comes out of dormancy in the Spring, it is already in the spot where it will be establishing itself. Just make sure you amend the soil with something like Bumper Crop.

  5. Trees can still be planted. Just be sure to keep them well watered (if we don’t get rain). It would also be advisable to mulch the root ball area as a protection for the roots. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk. Time is running out so do it soon.

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