Hey, just because the winter months are behind us, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t already start planning for the fall of 2016! Caring for your garden in the wet, cold and snowy weather isn’t easy. If you don’t plan and prepare in advance, you’ll find that your garden suffers as a result. The change in temperature can cause all sorts of problems to your garden that you’ll find difficult to turn around. Not only will this be a hassle, but it’ll also cost you a lot of money in the long run. So, in order to prepare your garden in the best way possible, take a look at our tips below for some advice.
Maintain Your Lawn
As the winter months start approaching, it’s time for you to start maintaining your lawn. Do what needs to be done to get it up to scratch and looking good for the winter. If you’ve got old grass clippings lying about, get rid of them. Go over your lawn with a garden fork and take steps to improve your drainage. As you approach the Autumn months, start treating your lawn with applications such as lawn feed. By doing this, you’ll be able to ensure your lawn is ready for the winter months. You could even lay brand-new turf before it gets too cold to do so.
It’s not worth waiting until winter has set in before making the decision to winterize those roses. One sudden cold snap could cause massive damage to them, so prepare in advance. You shouldn’t need to worry too much if you live in an area where the temperature doesn’t drop too heavily. For the majority of the time, roses don’t need a massive amount of attention in the winter months. However, by taking steps like pruning and removing leaves, your roses will be able to survive the harsh temperatures.
Be Creative With Leaves
Spread different varieties of leaves under shrubs and over the soil. Leaves degrade over time, turning them into natural nutrients. You’ll want to compost your leaves as they make for one of the best composts. Invest in a good rake to help you rake up the leaves that have fallen from the trees in your garden.
Protect Your Sprinklers
Cold weather brings all sorts of dangers with it, including the ability to cause systems to malfunction. In the case of your sprinklers, it’s common that the pipes can freeze, causing issues when the winter is over. It’ll be an expensive job to fix if you neglect it, so it’s worth taking the time to prevent any issues from occurring. This is also a great time to inspect your sprinkler systems to see if everything is still working as it should. Some companies like the one found at http://www.proirrigation.com/fall-winterization/ can even do this for you.
Maintain Your Ponds
When leaves start to decompose in the winter time, they can cause problems for ponds. Falling leaves can turn the water nasty while also blocking things like filter pumps. Luckily, it’s a quick and easy job to fix. All you need to do is put some netting over your pond, and tie it down securely or put some weights down. You can then put the caught leaves to good use by making leaf mould. You also need to ensure that your pond is deep enough that it won’t freeze at the bottom. If it does, you’ll be putting pond wildlife at risk.
One of the best things to plant as the winter sets in is evergreens. You’ll want to water them well before the ground freezes in the winter months. There are different types of evergreens you could choose to help your garden blossom in the cold weather. Evergreens can deal with the winter climate well, offering elegant decorations to match the style of your choice. While the majority of your garden shuts down for the winter, evergreens continue to add style to your garden.
Start Thinking About Next Year
Preparing for the winter is also a fantastic chance to start thinking about how you’ll tackle your garden next year. Think about new changes that have and haven’t worked throughout the year. How are you going to do things differently next time? It might be worth planting a few things now that can survive the winter and bloom in the spring. Sit down and put a plan together to ensure you get even more out of your garden in the years to come.
Help The Wildlife
The wildlife isn’t going to find it easy when the temperatures drop, and there’s nowhere to turn! Obviously, continue to feed the birds as you normally do. Also, try and create some spaces in the garden for wildlife to find refuge from the harsh weather. Whether it’s a simple shaded area or just a pile of wood and logs in the corner, they’ll be grateful for the assistance.
Protect Tender Plants
Some of the more tender plants in your garden can be protected from the cold weather. It doesn’t really matter how you protect them, as long as you use a fleece material. Garden stores will sell this, allowing you to cover the plant with the fleece and tie it around. Alternatively, you could even use a simple fleece jacket from your wardrobe to do the same job! Whatever you do, ensure the plant is adequately covered before leaving it for the winter.
Preserve Your Vegetables
The winter months make planting vegetables a no-no in many cases, so now is the time to start harvesting them before the cold sets in. One particularly good idea during the winter months is to plant garlic. You don’t want to do this too early as it’ll shoot up too quickly, becoming exposed to cold weather damage. Do it at the right time, however, and you’ll have a full head of garlic by the time the next summer rolls around. You can find more information about preserving your vegetables at http://awaytogarden.com/how-to-store-garden-vegetables-for-winter/.
Now your garden activity is starting to die down; it’s time to focus on your greenhouse. Whether it has turned into a mess or is cluttered with equipment, start taking the time to spruce it up. In order to avoid diseases, you’ll want to disinfect around your greenhouse as well as giving it time to get some ventilation. Wash out pots and other garden equipment in preparation for next year as well. If you have to, move that garden furniture into your greenhouse to protect it through the winter, although you’ll ideally want a shed for this.
Water Your Trees
Trees still need a good amount of maintenance throughout the winter months. The most important thing is that you continue to water them every three to four weeks. You’ll want to water trees as early as possible in the day, as they’ll have time to absorb the moisture before soil potentially freezes at night. You also want to try and limit fertilization in the fall months to assist them.
Repair Garden Equipment
The winter is also a fantastic time to ensure your garden equipment is up to scratch. A full year’s worth of heavy usage can cause things to break down, rust, or simply wear away. Take a look at the equipment you’re using and see whether it needs repairing. You might need to purchase a whole new set of equipment before next year. There’s no better time to get this done than in the winter months, so get started early.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Remember, preparing your garden for the winter months includes preparing your house as well! As the leaves continue to fall in the autumn, your gutters and pipes will become clogged. The last thing you want is for a leak to cause some serious damage, both physically and financially. The same goes for any guttering or piping which may be placed around the garden. Damaged guttering is not something you want to be dealing with when the winter sets in.
Don’t Do Too Much!
Taking good care of a garden all year round is difficult, especially when you have other commitments to think about as well. Winter is a time when you can finally start to relax a bit and not worry about the state of your garden as much. Take some time for yourself and allow the time to think about your plans for next year. By spending too much time overdoing it, you could be putting plants, vegetables, and even wildlife at risk.
How you prepare your garden for the winter depends on how much effort you’re willing to put in, as well as doing the right things. Even if you just do the bare minimum, you should be able to ensure your garden doesn’t suffer from too many winter-related consequences. By the time spring rolls around, you’ll have a garden which is ready to blossom. Also, you won’t be any worse off financially as you’ll have planned for any potential occurrences already. After following our tips, your garden should be able to stand out among the competition.
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