Have you ever thought of gardening during the winter season? Indeed, these short dark days, as well as extreme weather, could do gardening in winter unpleasant and of course, unproductive. But, if you still plan to do gardening during winter, right planning could get the garden ready for a great day onward.
Let me provide you some of the best gardening tips to prepare your garden for the coming of winter. Continue reading fellas!
Essential Gardening Tips for Winter Season
Consider some of the best tips that will guide you throughout the winter season below:
# Clean up all the used tools.
Consider gathering all the tools that you have used over the past few months like pruners and weeders and clean them properly to remove the dust and dirt. You can simply use a mild detergent as for disinfecting seed trays and pots.
|Snow in the Winter Garden|
# Care for the lawn.
Your lawn needs a bit of a breather during winter months, so there is a need to keep off the grass as the best advice. Just make an exception to get rid of the large weeds, leaves, and moss.
# Pay attention to the outbuildings.
Provide greenhouses and sheds a good scrub and also organize all the garden tool you have already cleaned. Spruce up the chairs and tables too.
# Shrubs and plants care.
Prune the summer-flowering plants and dead-head the autumn-flowering plants before the first frosts. You have to brush any heavy snow from trees and shrubs as for preventing broken branches.
# Check the vegetable garden.
Cover the root vegetables like carrots and parsnips with 15 cm of straw or leaves, and they could be harvested within the entire winter. Once the snow is forecast, cover them with an old piece of carpet.
# Consider the wildlife.
If you put out big blocks as well as other food, it will not just help the local wildlife to survive the winter season but would also encourage the frogs, birds, hedgehogs and more to stay in the garden. And eventually, they will repay the favor by eradicating numbers of garden pests in the coming years.
# Inspect the structures.
Check the sheds, gates, fences and some other structures for any signs of rot or weakness and repair them before the high winds and snow arrive.
|Fence almost covered with snow|
# Start a compost.
This is indeed a great time that you consider making a compost heap or bin, knowing that some leaves and cuttings should be disposed of. But if you already have one, then a good stir would help the process of composting.
Those are just some of the things that you should consider if you want to protect your garden from possible damage that winter season brings. Bear in mind that this guide will help you achieve a beautiful and productive garden even during in such extreme weather condition. And that is what you want, right?
How to Prepare for a New Garden?
On the other hand, you might also have this plan of having a new garden bed for the next summer in an area wherein weeds or grass are presently growing. If yes then you can make it a lot easier if you start the project right now.
First, you need to put a thick layer of cardboard or newspaper over the area then pile on alternating layers of the organic materials such as pine needles, leaves, compost, straw, clippings, and untreated grass.
And in the spring, the weeds and grass under the pile would already be dead, and so your new garden will be ready to plant. You like it, right? So, even during winter, you can already prepare a new garden!
|A Garden during winter with snow|
If you are like me who loves gardening that much, you should really be aware of these tips as these would help you during the winter season. Or, even if you aren’t fond of gardening that much, you still need to care for your garden, at least, if you have one.
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|Julia Wilson is the founder of LeekGarden.com, one of the world’s leading gardening experts. Her goal isn’t just to give you a gardening fact. She also wants to share her experiences, tips, and tricks about cultivating the garden.|
October 24, 2017