Winter Prepping for Lawns and Gardens

Nov 6, 2015

Iowa may have had a mild fall so far, but winter is just around the corner. With that in mind, it's time to prepare yards and gardens for the arrival of winter.

Aaron Steil, Manager of Public Programs at Reiman Gardens, joins host Charity Nebbe to discuss best practices for winter readiness. Steil provides some tips for care of strawberries, asparagus, perennial care, diseased plants, and even how to take care of the leaves covering lawns.

"There's another trick you can do, as well, that for some folks may be a little easier, and that's mowing them into the lawn," Steil says. "If you can get those leaves chopped up into pieces small enough that they'll go down in between the blades of grass, you can add organic matter to the soil and really reduce the amount of work, potentially, of getting those leaves off of the lawn."

Later in the hour, Richard Jauron, ISU Extension Horticulturist, joins Steil to answer questions from listeners on this Hort Day edition of Talk of Iowa.