WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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to intermittent snow with frequent sudden thaws. Make sure your new plantings have been mulched and, if there are bare or sparse areas, top up the mulch to no more than two inches with wood chips, compost, or even oak leaves. The mulch keeps soil temperatures even and helps retain moisture that the plants will need over the winter. Moist soil holds more heat, so if it's a dry year-end, make sure to water until the ground freezes. This is particularly important for new plantings. Evergreens will benefit from a coating of anti-transpirant or anti-desiccant, which will reduce water loss and winter burn. These sprays wear off so do reapply mid-winter on a wind- less, mild day (over 40 degrees F). If your yard is in a windy location or if your evergreens have suffered in prior winters, then burlap wrap or a windbreak should be installed. Plantings under eaves are vulnerable to snow falling from roofs and an A-frame type shield works well. Upright evergreens (arborvitae or yews) can be loosely wrapped with a strong twine to prevent heavy snow from accumulating and pulling branches down. Be sure to check these protective cover- ings regularly during the winter. Before wrapping the evergreens, remember to prune them for use in wreaths or indoor decorations. Herbaceous perennials and grasses can be cut back now if you haven't already done so, or you can plan to leave them for wildlife and winter architecture. However, I find if the plants are left uncut too often their stems and stalks fall or break, resulting in a messy jumble. Leave uncut plants that are tucked away in corners or out of the way spots; also leave some piles of twigs or compost around so insects have winter shelter. Roses benefit from a good mound of soil, the green scene "a welcome splash of color" 20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 L O R E N 1 N Y / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M

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