Winter Garden Tips - Jan to Feb:

Brush snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a storm. Use a broom in an upward, sweeping motion. Serious damage may be caused by heavy snow or ice accumulating on the branches. When shoveling or blowing snow, carefully place it on top of perennials. This creates a white blanket and will protect your perennials from extreme temperature fluctuations.

Don't forget the birds, especially if you have been feeding them all along. Give suet to the birds to help give them energy. Fresh water will be quite important. Green Acre sells heaters for your bird baths to keep the water flowing.

If you have some time this winter, paint the handles of you garden tools red or orange. This will preserve the wood and make the tools easier to locate next summer when you lay them down in the garden or lawn.