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Preparing your plants and lawn for the first winter storm of the season

Tilleraas says now is the time to begin cutting back on watering
Posted at 3:43 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 17:43:27-04

GREAT FALLS — With the STORMTracker Weather team looking at the possibility of the first snow of the season, we talked with plant experts and they said now it the time to begin preparing your gardens for winter.

Steve Tilleraas says now is the time to begin cutting back on watering you plants and to not over-water.

He suggests going down to around one or two times a week.

Tilleraas also says you can add compostable material like straw and mulch to your garden for the fall, giving it time to decompose over the winter and spring.

Even with the change of season, Tilleraas says there is still time to plant and flowers

“Basically you can plant most anything this time of the year we have lots of perennial there’s deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs and like I say we have some beautiful mums for examples a lot of people like to get the mums this time of year and have a nice fall display of the color”

If you do have flowers or plants still in the ground and you are worried about freezing temperatures, you can cover them at night to help protect them.

It is also a good to begin planning to blow out your sprinklers before freezing temperatures become the norm.