This article is contributed by Emma. She loves to write about gardening and home improvement. She works as a manager of http://www.tenancyclean.co.uk/end-of-tenancy-cleaning-w2-paddington/ but her real dream is to be an interior designer.
As winter is getting closer, there are many things to think about concerning the preparation of our homes for the cold days. This is especially true for the garden. Contrary to what most people think, the activity in that particular area of the house doesn’t cease with the winter approaching.
There is still some work to do in order to prepare your garden for the long cold days.
Every season brings different tasks for the garden. Fall is the moment when you have to make sure your garden is ready to be put to rest.
Unfortunately, apart from tending the garden, in our everyday lives we also have other different tasks such as taking care of the house, cooking, washing, helping children with their homework, taking care of pets, and, of course, going to work. For this reason, adding one more activity in line is a bit of a challenge.
But you are a gardener as well and if you want to ensure a good life for your garden the next spring, you should take good care of it. So what should you do? Take a look at this article in which we provide a number of tasks one has to deal with in order to put their gardens to sleep.
For Vegetable Gardens:
1. Rake the leaves up. Add them to your compost pile.
2. Don’t forget to gather the rest of the crops.
3. Don’t forget to put some mulch or compost to winter crops like parsnips, kale and leeks. This way you will ensure protection from the cold weather.
4. Get rid of the dead vegetation in your garden. If you want, you may add some of them to the compost file but don’t put seeds in it.
5. Till the soil.
6. Make sure you add organic compost to the soil even if it looks good.
7. Don’t forget to take a look at all the garden tools that need repair.
8. Clean tomato cages.
9. Pay attention to the hoses. Make sure you drain them and store them inside.
For Flower Gardens:
1. Reseed lawn if necessary.
2. Prepare roses for the cold winter months. Don’t cut the blossoms. In late summer, prior to fall, stop fertilizing the roses. Remove all the mulch from them. Then spread new one made of chopped leaves or wood chips. It is a common thing for mice to make nests in the mulch. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you spread it after the first frost. When the ground freezes, it’s the right moment for adding mulch. This will help against low temperatures during winter. Mulch is a good idea, especially if there is not a great amount of snow during the cold months.
3. Take care of evergreen plants. Take off all the diseased and dead foliage. If there is some diseased mulch, get rid of it too. Additionally, if you are willing to plant evergreen shrubs and trees, now is the proper time to do it!
It is strongly recommended that you remove the old mulch that you spread during summer and put a new layer. Why? Most probably, different microbes and earthworms have gotten to the mulch and now it is decomposed. If you want to ensure protection to the soil, you had better not spare the mulch.
So if you have a garden, it is waiting for you! Go out and take care of it before it’s too late. If you want to have a good harvest next year and a wide range of blossoms, make sure you do the right thing today!
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