West 104th Street Garden

February 7, 2009

Winter Gardening Tips

Filed under: Gardening Tips — by west104garden @ 11:50 am

This National Gardening Association page link is for Over-Winter Maintenance.

Lucille found a good article with information about preventing plant theft from the November 2005 edition of House & Garden Magazine. Download at:

Some Tips:

Tips from Sergeant Martin Peirson, Metropolitan Police Service, London

  • Install low-voltage lights with a photocell switch that automatically illuminates all avenues of access from roads to landscape during hours of darkness.
  • Enclose the garden perimeter with a barrier of thorny plant (such as “New Scotland Yard” rose).
  • Locate valuable plants out of sight of roads.
  • Inhibit digging of valuable trees and shrubs by surrounding them with collars of heavy welded wire fencing.
  • Collars (hidden under mulch) should extend out over roots for several feet from plant; for extra security, fasten down collars at edges with hooks or concrete reinforcing bars anchored in concrete.
  • South African park police are embedding wild cycads with microchips much like those used for identification of dogs and cats. Such a system could also be effective for the identification and recovery of stolen garden plants.

Also, the Home Depot Garden Center offers a garden club with expert advice and special offers at:

Happy New Year! LM


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