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Pre-Winter Landscape Checklist

Winter is on our doorstep. We can't fight it or deny it. Take these ten winter "to-do's" and be sure your ready when the wintry season arrives.

As we progress through fall, and little by little clear our yards of leaves and debris, there's still some things to consider in the landscape before we hang up our rakes and roll up our hoses...

  1. Protect evergreen shrubs before winter by applying an anti dessicant spray. This helps to prevent "winter burn" on broadleaved shrubs. We often see signs of this come spring when large areas of evergreen plants turn brown.
  2. Protect your valuable plants from deer feeding. A monthly spray of deer proofing from now through spring will keep deer from turning your landscape into a free lunch.
  3. Tie up ornamental trees and shrubs that are susceptible to breakage from heavy snow and ice. Focus on plant material that may be located under roof lines that may shed heavy snow.
  4. Feed your lawn with a high potassium fertlizer. Potassium is essential for building strong cell structure and aids in overwintering.
  5. Clean your gutters! Keeping leaves out of your gutters before the snow flies will help to prevent ice dams.
  6. Secure your snowplowing contract or be sure your snowblower is running well. We got off easy last winter. Be prepared for a snowy return this winter.
  7. Buy your snowshovel early. They go quickly when the first snow of the season is foirecasted.
  8. Winterize your irrigation system. Having the water blown out of your irrigation system will prevent freeze damage that can be costly come spring.
  9. Get your firewood delivered, and cover it to keep it dry. Winter power outages can and will happen. A warm fire will take the chill off.
  10. Keep a spare cylinder of propane on hand. Many of us don't grill as much in the winter, but if we lose power, a gas grill will come in handy.

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Isabella Jancourtz November 19, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Great photo of the beautiful deer, so unlike the way they look after being shot by bow-hunters now in our Weston town forests. In the past week, Weston Deer Friends has been informed of two sightings of injured deer, bleeding and with arrows sticking out of them. Please contact us at westondeerfriends@gmail.com to report any such incidents and to support an end to this brutality. We will be at the Monday, November 26 special town meeting with a petition to the selectmen, requesting an immediate stop to all hunting on our public land and we ask our fellow voters to sign it. If the selectmen do not respond, we will have a citizens' petition article on the warrant for the May, 2013 town meeting to ban all hunting on our public land and we hope our fellow voters will approve it.

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