Winter Landscape Check List

Here’s a few pointers to help you get your landscape ready for winter in Central Oregon.


  • Clean out pots and containers and store upside down for the winter.
  • Ensure hoses are disconnected and stored. Close foundation vents.
  • Prune for holiday greenery for wreaths and garlands. Select branches that are encroaching on your outdoor living spaces, walkway or impede visibility of vehicles.


  • Plan ahead.  Coordinate with a landscape designer or landscape architect for new construction or major renovations.
  • Develop a plan for the vegetable garden, annual pots & borders; order seeds/starts.
  • Water trees if Mother Nature hasn’t provided precipitation.
  • If snow is present, shovel the snow towards trees. If there is a lot of snow on tree branches, knock the snow off to prevent breaking.


  • Groom your tools. Clean, sharp tools work better.
  • Prune deciduous trees.  The trees are typically still dormant at this time.  It is easier to see the branch structure. Remove dead, damaged, and diseased branches first.  Then aesthetic choices can be made.  Never remove more than 1/3 of a tree in one year.

Summer Check List


  • Plant summer/fall blooming bulbs.  This includes any that you may have lifted for cold protection last fall like dahlia or gladiolas.
  • Continue to remove weeds.  Bark mulch 2”-3” thick can help prevent weeds and maximize water consumption.
  • Feed annual flowers.


  • Remove spent flowers (deadheading).
  • Fertilize the lawn.
  • Continue to remove weeds.
  • Feed annual flowers.


  • Continue to remove spent flowers (deadhead), especially from annuals and perennials.
  • Monitor irrigation and make necessary adjustments.
  • Consider raising the height of your lawn to 3”. Keeping the lawn a bit longer in this hot month helps to shade the soil and retain moisture.
  • Feed annual flowers.