How To Prepare Weigela For Winter In Fall

Question From: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Q: Hi again...we have planted a Weigela this and roses is the type. I noticed that the shrub did not have any buds until late summer and they never really opened. Now in the fall I see that the buds are drying up. How can we care for this plant with winter on the way? I did fertilize the plant earlier in the season.

A: Keep it watered if it does not rain and mulch it with 2 to 3 inches of a good organic mulch, such as shredded leaves. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy